Boris Johnson has revealed that the fear of never seeing his newborn son drove him to battle the corona virus.
The 55-year-old prime minister spent a week at St Thomas’s Hospital in London in April, battling the virus in intensive care for three days, and admitted yesterday that the doctors had prepared to announce his death.
Now, in an interview with the sun, he continued to fight the virus, saying that he focused on “positive thoughts” about pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds and their child’s upcoming birth.
He said, “We all have a lot to live for, a lot to do, and I won’t hide it from you, I thought about that, yes.”
His son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, was born last Wednesday, just over two weeks after the prime minister was released from the hospital.
Mr. Johnson added in the interview that he was “happy” with the birth and also described his hospital experience in more detail.
Boris Johnson (photo that returns to Downing Street after his son is born) has admitted that he thought of his unborn child while fighting coronavirus in intensive care
The prime minister said he focused on ‘positive thoughts’ about pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds and their child’s upcoming birth (photo is Mrs. Symonds with baby Wilfred)
A heartwarming caption revealed the boy’s full name as Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, with Lawrie referring to Mrs. Symond and Nicholas ‘grandfather paying tribute to the two doctors who’ saved Boris ‘life’
He said he jumped onto his hospital bed and wore only his boxer shorts to “clap like crazy” for the NHS – just two hours after leaving intensive care.
He added: “It was a Thursday when I came from ICU and with me I had a nurse named Becky and a nurse, I think, Angel.
“I was alone in my boxers, nothing else. We got up and there was a large window overlooking the Thames and we saw the Met and the fire brigade do this screen with their boats.
“It was just fantastic.”
He also praised the NHS staff who treated him at St Thomas’ Hospital, saying they “undoubtedly pulled my chestnuts out of the fire.”
Donald Trump said today that he and Mr. Johnson discussed the latter’s battle with the virus.
He told Fox News, “He [Mr Johnson] was a victim (of this thing). He thought it was all over. ‘
Mr. Johnson said he was driven from intensive care to a general ward on April 9 at around 6:00 PM.
He said, “It was a great moment. They clapped me out of the piece I was in. It’s something they’ve done for many patients, but it’s really the doctors and nurses who deserve the most.
“I was very lucky. It has certainly given me a very good understanding of the disease and what is happening and how you are dealing with it. ‘
And he said he was “so lucky” with other victims he encountered.
He said, “I saw many victims go in and out. “I felt so happy in comparison. I’m lucky because so many people have suffered so much.
Carrie Symonds (pictured March 9) revealed the name of her and Boris Johnson’s newborn son as Wilfred, after the Prime Minister’s grandfather
The couple revealed the boy’s full name as Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, whose first name is a tribute to the paternal grandfather, Osman Wilfred Kemal (pictured).
“I want to emphasize this. So many people have suffered so much more than I have.
“There are people I know well who are still ventilating, who are still in a coma.
“There are so many people who have suffered, so many families who still face great fear, so many who have lost loved ones.
“So if you ask me, am I driven by the desire to stop other people from suffering? Yes, I absolutely am. ‘
But he never thought he wouldn’t make it.
He added, “I suppose there was a natural buoyancy or refusal to give in or harbor negative thoughts.
“I never thought I wouldn’t come back. It was more frustration.
Mr. Johnson praised the NHS staff treating him at St. Thomas ‘Hospital saying they’ pulled my chestnuts out of the fire, no doubt about it
The UK today announced 315 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 28,446 and setting the country on track to be the hardest hit in Europe
“What I can say is that I’ve seen the NHS save life and I’ve seen the NHS bring new life to the world over the past month. My love and admiration for that institution is boundless, that is all I will say. ‘
Yesterday, the prime minister revealed how close he had come to fighting the virus.
Because his chances of survival were balanced with a knife edge, he said he got ‘gallons and gallons’ of oxygen while medics fought to keep him alive in intensive care.
At one point, he added, his doctors even made a statement in case he died.
The Prime Minister and his partner Ms. Symonds revealed the full name of their new son as Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson last week, with the first being a tribute to the paternal grandfather, Osman Wilfred Kemal, and Lawrie made a reference to Mrs. Symonds’ grandfather.
In a heartwarming Instagram post, Ms. Symonds said “that the middle name Nicholas was a tribute to two NHS doctors” who saved Boris “life last month” after battling the corona virus.
The caption was accompanied by a photo showing the first time that the mother was holding tightly to her son, who was wearing an unusually full head of hair not much like his father’s.
Bragging about ‘my heart is full’ in the caption, Mr Johnson’s 32-year-old fiancé also first revealed that Wilfred was born in the maternity ward of NHS’s University College Hospital in central London.
The caption read: ‘Introducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas, born 29.04.20 at 9am. Wilfred to Boris’ grandfather Lawrie to my grandfather Nicholas to Dr. Nick Price and Dr. Nick Hart – the two doctors who saved Boris’s life last month.
Thank you very much to UCLH’s incredible NHS mother team who looked after us so well. I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full. ‘