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The beautiful moment when a man leaves critical care while the Welsh NHS celebrates the lives of coronavirus patients who have been saved

This is the moving moment when a man with Covid-19 is undergoing intensive care.

The emotional video shared by Merthyr Tydfil’s Prince Charles Hospital shows staff in complete personal protective gear gathering to applaud and cheer up the patient while being discharged to a ward.

He is the first Covid-19 patient in hospital to leave the ICU.

The patient can be seen in the video raising his hand for a staff member to also put his wedding ring back on during the emotional scenes.

The healing of the man in the hospital’s ward for the sickest patients comes as other consultants shared their healing stories from those who had been on the door of death.

At the Royal Gwent Hopsital in Newport, first line physician, Dr. David Hepburn, said that five “coronavirus patients” as ill as they could be “have now recovered to the point where they are no longer in danger.

Writing online, he said, “Do you want some good news? We have discharged our first five patients from critical care. They have a way forward before full recovery, but they are safe and on the mend.

“I am so grateful. I hope we can continue.

“They were all ventilated so bad that you can be.”



The moving moment was captured on video at Prince Charles Hospital

The doctor also said how many patients he had treated did not suffer from pre-existing medical conditions.

He said: “Some of them are younger than me, and they certainly are not the frail and older people that some of us have been led to believe we would see – they are young, they are fit and they have young families, like me . “

Meanwhile, the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has stated that 188 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 are now cured and discharged from the hospital.

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Chief Executive Len Richards announced that 12 of those discharged had been admitted to the ITU.

In his column on the health committee website, he said: “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff members for their flexibility.

“Many of them are working in new areas on new shift patterns and playing different roles; their commitment to the care they are giving to our patients is nothing short of remarkable and we would not be able to respond to Covid-19 in the way we did it without their efforts.

“Thanks to the hard work of our staff, to date 188 Covid-19 patients have recovered and discharged from or to the hospital and 12 of these have been hospitalized in ITU.”

Richards also paid tribute to nurse Gareth Roberts, who died at Prince Charles hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

He said: “Gareth has spent over 40 years of his life caring for the people of Cardiff and Vale.

“He joined our nursing team in the 1980s and retired in 2014 before rejoining the nursing bank in 2015.

“He was highly appreciated and admired by his colleagues who described him as a kind and helpful person, and someone from whom they learned so much.

“Our thoughts are on Gareth’s family, friends and colleagues in this incredibly sad time. Gareth has been an instrumental part of our team of nurses in Cardiff and Vale for decades and his loss will be felt throughout health.

“Gareth will be missed by everyone and the care he has provided to so many patients over the years will never be forgotten.”

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