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Covid coma – Westbury dad’s experience of intensive care

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A LOCAL Dad who caught Covid-19 and was subsequently put in a coma has since come out to pay tribute to the care he received, whilst fighting for his life for five weeks at the intensive care unit of Bath RUH. 

Lee Tilley.

Lee Tilley, father of three, was put into a coma two days after being admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 having also been diagnosed with sepsis and pneumonia. Lee detailed his experience in a ‘look-back’ video called ‘See It My Way’, where he talks about what he remembers from the time when he was critically unwell, and what it was like for his family. 

The video also features staff reflecting on working in intensive care throughout the pandemic, describing how small acts of kindness, like getting 50th birthday balloons for a patient, can make such a difference for patients and their families. 

More than 190 COVID-19 patients have been cared for in intensive care at the RUH, since the pandemic began. 

Medical Director Bernie Marden said: “Our intensive care team go above and beyond to look after the medical needs of our patients, but also the emotional needs of patients and their loved ones too. We’re really proud of them. 

“In the video our patients talk really movingly about what it was like to be so near death. Of course we don’t want any of our patients and their loved ones to experience that, but that’s the stark reality of COVID-19. 

“Unfortunately COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, and it’s vital we all remain vigilant. I’d encourage everyone to keep doing everything they can. That includes having the COVID-19 vaccination, or booster if you’re eligible, wearing face masks when you’re out and about in busy places, and washing your hands. 

“Together, these things will help to prevent others going through the same experience as Gary, Lee and Caroline.” 

You can watch the video that Lee features in by RUH Bath here: www. youtube.com/watch?v=NU1aqEZdRaM