Daughters of Covid survivor, 64, who said goodbye to him FOUR times during his 172 day stay in ICU say it’s a ‘miracle’ to be spending Father’s Day together
- Brian Mearns, 64, from Edinburgh, was unconscious in hospital last Father’s Day
- Daughters Leah, 38, and Nicola, 34, feel very lucky to be celebrating with him
- Family were told to come say goodbye four times last year but he pulled through
The family of a Covid survivor who spent 172 days in intensive care have admitted they feared he wouldn’t live to see another Father’s Day.
Brian Mearns, 64, from Edinburgh, who is thought to be the longest ICU admission for Coivd-19 in Scotland to date, was fighting for his life in hospital this time last year.
His daughters Leah, 38, and Nicola, 34, have said his recovery is ‘a miracle’ and feel very lucky to be celebrating with him this year.
The family of a Covid survivor who spent 172 days in intensive care have said how they feared he wouldn’t live to see Father’s Day
Last year Brian was ‘unconscious’ and his daughters, alongside wife Gillian, 64, ‘weren’t allowed to go see him’.
Leah told The Scottish Sun: ‘We were convinced he had seen his last Father’s Day because he was so poorly.
‘So for him to still be here and celebrating with us is just amazing. It’s a miracle.
‘He is definitely a superdad. We appreciate him even more now because we came so close to losing him.’
Brian Mearns, 64, from Edinburgh, who is thought to be the longest ICU admission for Coivd-19 in Scotland to date, was fighting for his life in hospital last Father’s Day
Brian fell ill with Covid in March last year and his family were called to say goodbye four times during his time in intensive care but, miraculously, he survived.
Brian said it is going to be a ‘very special day’, adding that being with his family was the main thing he was looking forward to.
He added: ‘I never really knew much about what was going on when I was in hospital and I’m just finding out bits and pieces now.
‘I feel very lucky to be here for another Father’s Day. I saw a lot of people going out of the hospital in bags.’
Brian said it is going to be a ‘very special day’ and said that being with his family was the ‘main thing’ he was looking forward to
The father-of-two still needs oxygen, district nursing care and physio to aid his recovery and uses a mobility scooter to take new pup Freddie for walks.
In March 2020 Brian drove himself to Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital when he became unwell, and the family later found out he was so ill he was forced to abandon his car in an ambulance bay.
He spent 172 days in the ICU and his family weren’t sure he was going to pull through.
When he was wheeled out of the unit and taken to a respiratory ward in September last year, medics lined the hallways and cheered.
He remained there for around four weeks before being taken to a rehab facility and was finally reunited with his family at home just days before Christmas.
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