Date of release: 3 August 2021
A COVID-19 patient who has been in hospital for over six months has thanked staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for his care and admits he is lucky to be alive.
Mike Fisher from Cannock spent 68 days in intensive care and was placed in an induced coma – missing his 31st birthday on January 29th – for 23 days during the worst of his illness.
Mike, a McDonald’s crew member who works at the Longford Island branch in Cannock, was admitted to the Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) at New Cross Hospital on January 9th after collapsing at home and was in a coma from then until February 1st.
He remained in hospital until the end of March and was discharged to Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield for rehabilitation. But he returned to New Cross after concerns over his kidney function before being moved to Fairoak Ward at Cannock Chase Hospital, where he is still receiving rehab and expects to be for at least another month.
As a result of his long stay in hospital, Mike currently has limited upper limb function, but has enjoyed attending the craft group on the ward at Cannock Chase Hospital, which aims to improve his range of movement.
A devoted West Bromwich Albion supporter, Mike has created a club crest from clay and painted it in Albion’s navy and white stripes, as part of his therapy. Mike plans to gift the crest to his grandad Terry Peters, who is also a big Baggies fanatic.
His family, mum Tracey, dad Malcolm and two sisters are waiting for him to be discharged so they can belatedly celebrate his birthday.
“I passed out because of COVID and my sister Tina called the ambulance and I woke up in hospital,” said Mike. “I didn’t even know I’d been in a coma.
“Thankfully the nurses were brilliant – I couldn’t fault them. The therapy team too have done a fantastic job – they have got me standing and walking again. I can’t thank them enough. I didn’t realise until a doctor spoke to me how poorly I was – I am extremely lucky to be alive.”
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