Coronavirus survivor nicknamed 'Teflon man' by hospital nurses after longest stay in Bristol ICU

  • WATCH: Brian Harvey sees his family for the first time in nine weeks as his wife and daughter donate iPads to Bristol Royal Infirmary

A Bristol coronavirus survivor has been nicknamed 'Teflon man' by nurses as he nears the end of one of the longest intensive care stays since the start of the pandemic.

Brian Harvey, 69, was admitted to the Bristol Royal Infirmary on March 28 with what was believed to be pneumonia.

He tested positive for the virus the day after his admission and was put into an induced coma in the ICU for a month.

Despite warnings he wasn't going to survive, Brian's family is hoping to welcome him home soon as he comes to the end of what nurses say is the longest ICU stay there of any Covid patient.

Brian got to see his family for the first time after 59 days. Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

On Tuesday 19 May they got to see him for the first time after 59 days apart.

Brian has been in hospital for two months and is hoping to return home next week. Credit: Family picture

Faye Stapleton, Brian's daughter, lives next door to her parents and described the past couple of months as "one massive rollercoaster".

She was able to speak to her dad via FaceTime while he was in the coma and said the use of technology "played a huge part in his recovery".

Faye has since raised more than £6,000 to provide the BRI with iPads, so that patients can stay connected to their loved ones who can't visit them.

Talking about the NHS, Faye said: "They never gave up on Dad. We can't thank them enough. They saved his life."

Brian, a grandfather-of-six who used to run a building company, has an underlying health condition which weakens his immune system.

He lives in Headley Park with his wife Mary, who he's been married to for 50 years.