When told he had to go onto a ventilator, Pastor Peter Nembhard, 52, of Grays, thought he was going to die after he was admitted to Basildon Hospital with coronavirus in the beginning of April.
Peter, who is Pastor to ARC Church (A Radical Church) which has multiple branches across London, was reluctant to go to hospital and leave his wife and four children behind.
After eight days of being ill at home with severe sweats, a high fever and a cough, Peter discussed the option of going to hospital with his friends and family.
Peter said: “I told my wife and kids that I could stay at home and try and recover or go into hospital.
Sadly, going into hospital meant that no matter how long I was there no one would be able see me
Peter was taken to Basildon Hospital on April 2 and placed on a COVID ward after testing positive for coronavirus.
He explained: “There was one point that I had lost hope, as I thought I was going to die.”
His friends and family continued to support him with words of encouragement.
Peter said, “I will never forget one particular nurse, Vanya Roach, who was like an angel to me.”
Staff nurse Vanya said: “I’m so pleased that he has recovered and is doing well. He had such a great fighting spirit and was really involved in his recovery.”
Peter was discharged on April 14, the day before his 31st wedding anniversary.
He said: “I’m so grateful to Basildon Hospital, I appreciate all the doctors and nurses and everyone who helped me to recover.”