UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The young man was admitted to an ICU when 80 per cent of his lungs had stopped functioning

UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news

MetiNews.Com - The young man was admitted to an ICU when 80 per cent of his lungs had stopped functioning

UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news
13 January 2021 - 16:45

Breaking News ! A 20-year-old man from Cambridgeshire says he is “lucky to be alive” after a week in intensive care with Covid-19. Jay Clack, from Offord Cluny near St Neots, hopes that his story might encourage more young people to take the virus seriously. His Covid-19 symptoms started on December 27, and within five days 80 per cent of his lungs were failing and he was rushed to an intensive care unit (ICU) at Hinchingbrooke hospital. As Jay battled for his life - with the support of a respiratory machine - his health deteriorated to such an extent that he had a goodbye phone call with his family. Fortunately, Jay left the hospital on Monday, January 11 and is now recovering at home. “It was scary being in hospital and being so young,” he said, “because obviously not a lot of people believe or see how serious it is.” Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire towns and villages with the lowest Covid infection rates in the county Read More Related Articles UK Covid hospital deaths soar by 1,176 in record-breaking daily increase Of the NHS staff at Hinchingbrooke hospital, he says: “I literally have to praise them like anything, they were phenomenal.” Jay has asthma and anaphylactic allergies; he received a letter instructing him to shield during the first lockdown and had been very careful to avoid the virus. It infected him anyway, causing breathing difficulties, diarrhoea, shivers, cold and hot sweats, body aches and joint pain, sickness, a bloody nose, bloody mucus and sore eyes. On his third day of illness, Jay went to the hospital with signs of pneumonia but was turned away due to the high number of patients. Two days later he returned with Type 1 respiratory failure. Jay was able to video call family during his ordeal “On the ICU I was quite out of it,” he said, “but when I was coming around it was terrifying to see how hard the nurses were working. It was heartbreaking to see how pushed they are.” “It was so nice because they'd come in and check on me, and they'd just be by my bedside comforting me, but they’re pushed to the limit.

. ICU nurses propped his phone up beside him on the bed so he could see and speak to his Dad and sisters at home. But even speaking became a struggle. He remembers a nurse ringing his sister to say ‘Jay has taken a turn for the worse in the night’, and holding the phone up to his ear as he watched cars go past the hospital window. “Two nurses were on the other side of my arm, and I was just crying down the phone saying goodbye, and my Dad was crying, and my sister was crying.” Now, he’s urging people to take the virus seriously. “At the age of 20 my Dad shouldn't be having to say goodbye to me down the phone,” he said, “no family member should be saying it down the phone; life is so precious and mine nearly got taken away from me so quickly.” From the ICU, Jay was taken to a separate room to recover due to his severe airborne allergies to eggs and nuts. “But the wards were quite bad,” he recalls, “‘there were quite a lot of bad patients in the night, you could hear them in pain.” On Sunday 10, his last full day in the hospital, Jay took to social media to share his frustration at people ‘treating Covid like a joke.’ Jay Clack with his Dad who he lives with in Offord Cluny He wrote: “still seeing people on Snapchat meeting up with friends is disrespectful and hurtful,” adding, “I am 20 years old and Covid nearly killed me!” Back home with his Dad and two sisters, 23 and 14, Jay is “still really tired and recovering”, under instructions from doctors to take life slowly. His work as a part-time trainee hairdresser at Cambridge Regional College and a part-time pizza delivery driver stopped once the pandemic hit, and he is currently receiving sick pay. Jay Clark is charting his Covid recovery on Instagram, and also runs an allergy awareness account.

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UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news


UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news


UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news


UK news Cambs man 'said goodbye to his family' while in Covid intensive care unit last minute news

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