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Boris Johnson Personally Thanks NHS Staff Who Saved His Life After Being Discharged From Hospital

Boris Johnson Personally Thanks NHS Staff Who Saved His Life After Being Discharged From Hospital

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the NHS workers who helped treat him for coronavirus, sharing his gratitude in a heartfelt video.

He began: "I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question.

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"In the last seven days I have of course seen the pressure that the NHS is under. I have seen the personal courage not just of the doctors and nurses but of everyone: the cleaners, the cooks, the healthcare workers of every description, physios, radiographers, pharmacists - who have kept coming to work, kept putting themselves in harm's way, kept risking this deadly virus.

"It is thanks to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable."

Johnson - who was admitted to hospital last Sunday and went onto spend some time in intensive care - also thanked specific staff members who had helped him, continuing: "I want to thank Po Ling and Shannon and Emily and Angel and Connie and Becky and Rachael and Nicky and Ann.

"And I hope they won't mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way. They are Jenny from New Zealand - Invercargill on the South Island to be exact - and Luis from Portugal, near Porto.

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"And the reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed."

Johnson also addressed the nation and the efforts the general public have been making in the fight against the virus.

He said: "I want to thank everyone in the entire UK for the effort and the sacrifice you have made and are making.

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"When the sun is out and the kids are at home, when the whole natural world seems at its loveliest and the outdoors is so inviting, I can only imagine how tough it has been to follow the rules on social distancing."

Johnson added: "I want you to know that this Easter Sunday I do believe that your efforts are worth it. Because although we mourn every day those who are taken from us in such numbers, and though the struggle is by no means over, we are now making progress in this incredible national battle against coronavirus."

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Topics: UK News, News, Boris Johnson

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Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at editorial@ladbible.com.