Bristol grandfather nicknamed 'Teflon Man' after surviving coronavirus has emotional welcome home

The 69-year-old grandfather never thought he'd see his family again. Credit: ITV West Country

A Bristol grandfather nicknamed 'Teflon man' after defying the odds and surviving coronavirus has returned home to his family.

  • WATCH: The moment 'Teflon Man' coronavirus survivor Brian Harvey returns home from hospital

Brian Harvey, 69, was admitted to Bristol Royal Infirmary on 28 March 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 hospital's intensive care unit for more than a month.

His family were given several warnings that the grandfather-of-six wasn't going to survive.

However, the nickname 'Teflon Man' originated from nurses who witnessed him defy the odds and recover.

On Thursday (28 May) Brian came to the end of one of the longest hospital stays of any Covid-19 patient.

He was welcomed home by family, friends and neighbours who safely lined the street near his home in South Bristol to give him a round of applause.

  • WATCH: 69-year-old Brian speaks emotionally about his long-awaited return from hospital

On the same day people across the region 'Clap for Carers' for the final time, Brian paid his own tribute to the NHS.

He said, "Thank you very much to the ICU team, and all the staff at the BRI who looked after me and brought me back. I can't thank them enough, they did an amazing job and I can't say enough about them."

Brian's daughter Faye has been campaigning tirelessly to raise money to buy iPads for the BRI's intensive care unit.

This was the only way the family could see Brian while he was in hospital and she wanted to give others in a similar situation the chance to see their loved ones.

On 17 May she presented nurses in Bristol with several iPads, after raising more than £6,000 in donations.