80-year-old patient returns home after COVID-19 recovery

Staff across the Trust celebrated as Jose-Luis Fernandez returned home after recovering from COVID-19

Jose-Luis Fernandez and his daughter Natasha

Sidcup resident Jose-Luis Fernandez, 80, has been discharged from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after making a remarkable recovery from COVID-19.

Jose-Luis, a grandfather of five, was admitted hospital on the 15th March where he tested positive for Covid-19. His symptoms worsened drastically, and two days later he was moved to intensive care. His daughter, Natasha Rachael Raphoz, explained: “It was heart-breaking when we got the call telling us my Dad had been moved to intensive care. We really weren’t sure if we’d ever see him again. All we could do was prepare for the worst, but desperately keep hoping for the best.”

After 28 days in intensive care, Jose-Luis’s condition began to improve, and on Tuesday 28th April, staff at King’s College Hospital gathered to applaud him and Natasha as he returned home.
Natasha added: “Dad’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. At one point, we didn’t know if he’d be able to walk or talk again, yet he’s back on his feet. So many people at King’s were instrumental in my Dad’s recovery. We can never thank them enough.”

Sarah Dheansa, Acting head of nursing for neurosciences at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was part of the team who cared for Jose-Luis. She said: “We were thrilled to be able to give Jose-Luis a proper send off after making such an incredible recovery from COVID-19. Staff across the hospital are working round the clock in unprecedented circumstances, and I hope we can continue to celebrate more and more of these recoveries as time goes on.”

Jose-Luis Fernandez is one of over 1,000 King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust patients who have made a recovery from COVID-19, including a 100-year-old patient who was discharged from the Princess Royal University Hospital in April 2020.

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1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at supportkings.org.uk

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