Posted: Mon 27th Apr 2020

Father of three first to be discharged from Wrexham Maelor after needing ICU treatment for coronavirus

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 27th, 2020

A father of three who is the first person to leave Wrexham Maelor Hospital after needing intensive care treatment for COVID-19 has praised staff for saving his life. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

David Hamlington, 51, began to feel unwell with extreme fatigue and muscle aches on Friday 3rd April ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The packing operator who works at the Kellogg’s Factory in Wrexham was admitted to hospital three days later and within a couple of days was placed on a ventilator within the Critical Care Unit. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

His wife of 21 years, Alison, has described the harrowing days of not being able to be at the bedside of her husband. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“When I was told by the doctors that David had received a positive test for COVID-19 I was devastated,” she said. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It was very frightening to be told he needed a ventilator, those nine days of not being able to see or speak to him was the worst part for me and the girls. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Although it was a very tough time for us as a family the staff on the unit were fantastic in keeping us informed and the day I got the call to say he was awake was such a relief ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The staff, even though I knew they were incredibly busy, went above and beyond and set up a facetime for us so we could see David and make sure he was ok – to have that visual contact was so important for us.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

David, who is a member of the award-winning Fron Choir, left hospital to a round of applause from the intensive care staff just over three weeks later on Tuesday, 21 April. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He is now recovering at home with Alison and their three daughters, Kellen, Nia and Sian. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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He said: “I can never thank the staff enough for what they have done for me, they saved my life and kept our family together. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Nothing was too much trouble for them, they always had a smile on their face and even though I didn’t have my own family with me they made me feel like I was part of theirs. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“My family and I have had incredible support from so many people, including my employer and also my sister in law Gaynor, who also works at the Maelor. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“I feel incredibly lucky to be here and it’s all down to those exceptional healthcare staff at the hospital, I will never be able to repay them.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s Critical Care Unit Matron, Helen Williams, said the team were delighted to hear David was recovering well at home. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

She said: “It was a really special moment for us to see David leave our Critical Care Unit and we are so pleased to hear he is doing well. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“David and his family’s kind words mean a lot to us and we wish David all the best in his continued recovery at home.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

You can view a video of David speaking of his experience in ICU, below: ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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