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'Much loved' Royal Surrey nurse returns home after 19 days in intensive care with coronavirus

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'Much loved' Royal Surrey nurse returns home after 19 days in intensive care with coronavirus

Published at 11:34am 15th May 2020.

A Royal Surrey nurse who spent 19 days in intensive care because of coronavirus has now returned home. 

48 year old Edgar Sablay spent four weeks in hospital in total and 10 days on a ventilator.

Edgar and his wife Bing, have worked at the Trust for 18 years. 

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Edgar began to develop Covid-19 symptoms back in April, which included a fever, cough and shortness of breath.

His condition quickly became life-threatening and Edgar was admitted to hospital. 

The 48-year-old was transferred to Intensive Care so he could get help to breathe. 

Edgar said that he "felt physically and emotionally exhausted".

After an extremely concerning few weeks, Edgar started to recover and was discharged from Intensive Care onto a general ward and was then allowed to return home.

Once given the all-clear, Edgar was reunited with his wife and on his way home he was applauded by colleagues who lined the front hall reception to show their support. 

Sue Herson, Matron of the Intensive Care Unit said Edgar is a popular member of the team:

"Edgar is a well-known face around the Trust .

"Unfortunately, he became extremely unwell and was on ICU requiring significant respiratory support for nearly three weeks.

"His discharge and recovery was a very touching moment. These types of happy events make all of our jobs worth it."

Edgar said of his carers and colleagues:

"I want to thank all of my colleagues and friends who looked after me for their tremendous care, love and support.

"They are all in my heart and I am proud to be their fellow front-liner."

Edgar is now recovering at home with his wife and two dogs and is looking forward to returning to the frontline to support his colleagues.