A 72-year-old who beat the coronavirus, despite having serious underlying health conditions and being on a ventilator for a week, has been called "a miracle man" by his relieved family.
Patrick Bedford spent 26 days in hospital, including seven days in an induced coma while he was ventilated.
He said he was "at death's door" and his life was saved by the frontline staff in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.
Patrick said they "treated me like royalty", and told how Dr Adam O'Brien held his hand while he was put into a coma.
His wife Marie did not see him from the time he was taken by ambulance from their home in Drogheda on April 2, the day before their 48th wedding anniversary. It would be almost a month before there were reunited.
His daughter Grace, a clerical officer in the same hospital, said her father had the respiratory condition COPD as well as myasthenia gravis, a degenerative muscle wasting condition. He was also born with only one kidney.
"He is a miracle man," she said after his recovery from Covid-19.
"So many things went against him but he got through it all.
"It is a miracle, there is no other word for it, because you see people half his age with nothing underlying and they pass away from it," said Grace.
Patrick said the medics had saved his life.
"I was at death's door, they brought me back," he said.
"They were very good, I could not fault them, they were absolutely brilliant."
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