Man Comes Out Of Coronavirus Coma To Find Household Killed By Virus
Scott Miller, from Edinburgh, shared a flat with his 76-year-old mum Norma, who had dementia, and her 69-year-old partner.
But on 21 March, Norma had a fall, and much to Scott's surprise, he couldn't help her up.
She was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where she tested positive for Covid-19, and by the end of the week, Scott was also in the hospital fighting the disease.
His condition rapidly deteriorated, and he was placed in a medically-induced coma.
Scott's sister-in-law Sharlene Miller told the BBC: "Norma was in Ward 220 in the Royal Infirmary and Scott was in ICU.
"On the Sunday morning we got a call to say Norma had passed away, and we got a call from the consultant to say that Scott was very ill as well. Then Norma's partner passed away the following Sunday."
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Scott's condition got worse still: he had pneumonia, blood clots and his kidneys were beginning to fail. It looked like the family may lose him too.
Sharlene said: "In the week between Norma's funeral and her partner's funeral, each day Scott seemed to deteriorate and they were running out of options. We were at the point where we were maybe going to have to make a decision about turning off his life support."
Thankfully Scott pulled through, but he had been in ICU for three weeks and had no idea that both his mum and her partner had been killed by the virus - until a nurse broke the sad news to him.
Scott said: "When I came round, I just had a gut feeling that something had happened to mum and when the nurse told me it was just disbelief and shock. It was very hard."
Four months on, and the self-employed locksmith still doesn't know when he'll be well enough to work again, but he hopes his tragic story will remind people to remain vigilant.
He said: "People need to understand it's a real killer, I don't think people are really taking it seriously.
"People need to know we're not out of it yet. They need to know, just be safe and secure and watch out."
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