Felix leaves hospital after over 75 days as Covid patient
17 June 2020
Covid-19 patient Felix Khor, from Shoebury, has left Southend University Hospital after almost 11 weeks as a patient, first on critical care and then on Westcliff ward.
This time it was just staff on the ward clapping their goodbyes,
but it was still clearly an emotional experience for the 68 year
old, who waved his thanks to those that had given him so much
When he was transferred from critical care to the ward four
weeks ago, the main hospital corridor had 150-200 staff socially
distanced clapping and celebrating his road to recovery.
Of that moment, Felix said: "There were consultants,
doctors, matrons, nurses, domestics; every uniform you could think
of. I never realised that so many people cared about me. It was
amazing to have been in lots of people's prayers and thoughts; it
has been a huge morale boost."
Although he admitted that it felt a bit strange going from being
known by a few people to everyone seemingly knowing his name. Felix
said: "Waking up and everyone knowing your name has been a little
but surreal, but I thank everyone for their kind thoughts."
Felix has put a lot of that positive energy he has received back
into being able to walk again properly without getting out of
breath. He was told that somebody on a ventilator for just two
weeks loses 40% of their muscle, so he has been determined to get
walking on his own again. And walk out of Westcliff ward he
Felix said: "Staff have been so caring, supporting and
encouraging. I keep saying to people that honestly, words cannot
express enough my gratitude to the care I have been given on
Westcliff ward and ICU."
For 40 years Felix has been the one giving care, so it has been
different to be the one receiving it for a change. Felix joined
Southend Hospital in 2005 as part of the resus training team.
Following his retirement, he continued working as part of the staff
bank in the Emergency Department, but is now set to retire after
recovering from Covid-19.
Although there is a long road ahead, Felix is looking forward to
getting back to his gardening; he knows it won't be something he'll
be able to do straight away.
He said: "I know half of my plants will be dead, but I'll start
again, I love my gardening. This year has just been my missing
summer, but like me, my garden will flourish once again.