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'Coronavirus is not game over' says recovering Surrey patient

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'Coronavirus is not game over' says recovering Surrey patient

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:02pm 7th April 2020. (Updated at 2:15pm 7th April 2020)

A father of two from Surrey who was hospitalised because of coronavirus has praised the staff who cared for him. 

Andrew Hodge from Laleham near Staines-Upon-Thames says he wants people to know they can survive this. 

The 54 year old spent 10 days at St Peter's hospital including six days in the intensive care unit in an induced coma. 

Andrew, who is an electrical engineer wants people to know that being ventilated for COVID-19 ‘is not game over’: 

“I don’t want to dilute the seriousness of it, but I want people to realise they can survive this.

"There is so much negative communication about how many people have died, as opposed to how many have survived.”

Andrew is now recovering at home with wife Dawn and their daughters 17-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Genevieve. 

He paid tribute to staff that cared for him at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey describing the team as “phenomenal and attentive”.

He praised one nurse who simply held his hand for a while.

The team at St Peter’s say they are delighted to see Andrew recovering so well back at home, and wish him all the best.