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After over 45 days in Critical Care, Felix Khor has come off his ventilator and has been moved to a Covid-19 ward at the hospital where he has worked for 15 years.
The Southend University Hospital staff member, from Shoebury, received rapturous applause from colleagues and staff as they lined the length of the main corridor as he was moved out of intensive care.
There was applause, cheers and a few tears as a masked Felix made his way to Rochford Ward.
He gave the thumbs up from his hospital bed and said: “I’m incredibly grateful to all of the hospital staff who have helped keep me fighting and for the huge love and support from colleagues and friends. I have seen incredible care that they give to patients. There is still a long road ahead but it has meant so much.”
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.
Denise Townsend, Director of Nursing at Southend Hospital, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate Felix’s slow road to recovery with fellow members of staff from across the Trust.
“His recovery is a real message of hope and optimism, not just for staff working with Covid-19 patients, but for all of us.”