Dad of two, 39, beats Covid after wife refused to allow doctor to turn off life support

A father whose wife refused to cut his livelihood has spoken of his relentless fight to beat the coronavirus.

Adam Banks shared how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck by the disease in January.

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital – five weeks of which in a coma – as doctors fought to save him.

His wife Marie faced the painful decision to stop his treatment when his lungs started to stop.

“She refused and begged them to come up with another option,” said Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby in Yorkshire with Marie and their children Chloe, 19, and Taylor, 17.

Adam Banks (pictured with wife Marie) shared how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck by the disease in January

Adam Banks (pictured with wife Marie) shared how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck by the disease in January

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital - five weeks of which in a coma - as doctors fought to save him

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital - five weeks of which in a coma - as doctors fought to save him

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital – five weeks of which in a coma – as doctors fought to save him

“My lungs were about 90% collapsed and I was on a ventilator within days of being admitted to James Cook Hospital.”

In a last-ditch effort to save him, Mr Banks was taken to a hospital in Leicester, where he was placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine to keep his lungs and heart working.

Because he was in a coma for most of his treatment, Mr. Banks was unaware of his condition and of the massive efforts going on to keep him alive.

He shared how when he woke up things “didn’t feel real” as the life-saving drugs made him hallucinate.

His wife Marie faced the painful decision to stop his treatment when his lungs started to shut down

His wife Marie faced the painful decision to stop his treatment when his lungs started to shut down

His wife Marie faced the painful decision to stop his treatment when his lungs started to shut down

'She refused and begged them to come up with another option,' says Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby with Marie and their two children Chloe, 19, and Taylor, 17 (pictured)

'She refused and begged them to come up with another option,' says Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby with Marie and their two children Chloe, 19, and Taylor, 17 (pictured)

‘She refused and begged them to come up with another option,’ says Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby with Marie and their two children Chloe, 19, and Taylor, 17 (pictured)

He said, “At one point I thought the doctors and nurses were trying to kill me with the drugs, so I stopped them for a day and it made me so sick.”

Mr Banks, branch manager at JT Atkinson construction dealer in Stokesley, lost five bricks during his ordeal.

He shared before-and-after photos that show the shocking impact of the coronavirus on his body.

“After ECMO therapy I was taken back to Middlesbrough, but I was paralyzed from the neck down,” he said.

“I hadn’t eaten in two and a half months and my larynx had collapsed from the treatment, so I spent about two weeks in intensive care to regain my strength and learn to walk.”

He was finally released from the hospital on April 19, but he knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him.

He was finally released from hospital on April 19, but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him

He was finally released from hospital on April 19, but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him

He was finally released from hospital on April 19, but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him

“I was very weak in a wheelchair and could only bathe in bed at home,” he added.

“I’ve only been off oxygen for a week and even now I don’t have the strength to do anything; even taking the lid off a bottle is a struggle.

“I am under the long Covid clinic and I have been told it will be about 18 months before I start to feel normal again.”

Mr Banks also received a double shot in July, which he says makes him feel “much more protected” against the disease.

He told how his struggle changed his outlook on life.

“It has brought me much closer to my wife and kids and we just enjoy every moment of life,” he said.

Mr Banks also received a double shot in July, which he says makes him feel “much more protected” against the disease. Pictured: before and after the illness

“I’m glad it happened to me and not my family. Any day is now a good day; that’s how I see it.’

Teacher assistant Marie also tested positive for Covid, which meant she couldn’t visit Mr. Banks in the hospital.

The 39-year-old said: ‘We were all so scared because we didn’t know what would happen overnight.

“I was convinced that he would be taken to the hospital, given some oxygen and then taken home; I never thought it would turn out like this.’

Mr Banks said the support he has received over the past eight months is “incredible”.

He added: ‘The people in the NHS who have helped me, the work they are doing is remarkable.’

‘My employer has also been very supportive from day one, which is a relief for all of us, both mentally and physically.

“I’m so grateful for everything.”

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