A DAD of quads has returned home to his family after recovering from heart failure and a coma caused by Covid-19.
Giovanni Sapia, 53, was in hospital for almost two months after catching the coronavirus in March.
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But, after being told to prepare for the worst, wife Anna and her four three-year-olds are overjoyed.
Anna, 35, of Harlow, Essex, where Giovanni was treated, said: “I was so worried. Every time my phone rang while he was in hospital I thought it would be a doctor telling me he had died.
“To have him home is a miracle. The children were crying and climbing all over him for cuddles when he came home, and he missed us all so much too.
“He’s still very tired and the medical staff have told us it could take months for him to fully recover, but I’m overjoyed and so relieved that he’s back home with me and the kids.”
Giovanni, who is making progress each day, added: “When I was transferred to the ICU and the decision was made for me to be intubated I felt very scared and anxious about Anna and the kids.
"I felt lost and frightened as to whether I’d ever see my family again.
“It was amazing when I came out of the coma and could watch all the videos and listen to all the messages of support my family and friends had left for me while I was unconscious.
“I will be forever grateful to the NHS and of course to all those who looked after me while I was so critically ill.
“It’s certainly not an experience you would wish on anyone, or want to repeat.”
Anna credits her community – both locally and online – with keeping the family going over the past three months.
Friends dropped off meals and shopping while the 31,000 followers on the family’s Instagram page – @quadsagainsttheodds – kept up a constant stream of hope, prayers and positive messages.
But Anna is keenly aware that many thousands of people have lost loved ones to Covid-19.
She said: “This is a terrible disease and I know not everyone has been as fortunate as us. I plead with everyone to follow the Government advice and do everything we can to help stop the spread of the virus.
“I’ll be forever grateful to the NHS, and for anyone out there going through a similar situation, I’d say to never lose hope that you’ll get a miracle too.”
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