Army veteran leaves intensive care in Scunthorpe after 33-day fight with coronavirus

  • Video from:The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

An Army veteran has been reunited with his family as he left intensive care at Scunthorpe General Hospital after a 33-day battle with coronavirus.

Darren Eames was in a critical condition for weeks but left the unit to a guard of honour and applause from doctors and nurses as he was moved to a different ward to continue his recovery.

It comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were four deaths in North Lincolnshire in the week to June 12 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, taking the total number of deaths from the virus in the area to 100.

But the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, has reported just one coronavirus-related death since June 6 and only three deaths are reported to have happened at the trust's hospitals in June so far.

Darren, a 45-year-old lorry driver, has made a strong recovery after he was placed on a ventilator and in an induced coma.

His wife Amanda, who was able to see him as he was transferred from the intensive care unit, says she can't wait for him to return home.

Amanda said:

It was fantastic to be there for him leaving the ICU. "I don't know how long he will be on Ward 22 for. "Thank you so much to everyone on the ICU. You all are amazing, and you all have saved his life, literally. "I think he was slightly stunned to see me stood out there and everyone clapping. "I wasn't able to go with him into the ward though due to the restrictions - I can't wait to get him home with us."

Amanda