A senior police officer has given an emotional thank-you speech to NHS staff who cared for him as he battled Covid-19.
Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby tweeted updates about his condition, including breathing difficulties, in the first week after falling ill, but was then admitted to intensive care and put on a ventilator.
Mr Dolby was admitted to hospital in the early hours of March 29 and days later, he was placed on a ventilator in intensive care as he was unable to breath for himself and oxygen levels in his blood had plummeted.
The force said he spent around a fortnight heavily sedated in intensive care.
“That’s a gift I’ll never stop thanking you for.”
Speaking of her relief, Mr Dolby’s wife Mary said: “He’s alive and back with us. There were times we feared there would be no homecoming for Phil.
“The doctors and nurses have saved his life… and we’ll be forever grateful.
“Phil would certainly not fall into what’s deemed the ‘vulnerable’ category: he’s only 45 and a fit man. Our experience shows people of all ages can be susceptible to coronavirus so please adhere to the warnings.”