A 39-year-old father left on the brink of death by the coronavirus has begged the British public to “not be an idiot” and has followed the government’s advice to stay at home.
Matt Dockray, who has no underlying health issues, got ‘at some point a small survival framework’ when his lungs started to fail after being admitted to an intensive care unit with the life-threatening virus.
The father, who has been ill for three weeks, said his complaints started on March 1 as a “small cough.”
But Mr. Dockray, from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, quickly got so sick that he shot a parting video for his wife and child and “almost gave up on the pain and fear.”
He has now urged British people who think they are “invincible” to “not be an idiot” and to follow the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
Mr. Dockray talked about his ordeal in a dazzling Facebook post and said, “I’m 39 and not a poster boy for men’s health, but if I can end like that now, anyone can read it.”
Buckinghamshire’s Matt Dockray has urged the British who may think they are ‘invincible’ to be ‘no idiot’ and adhere to the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus
Boris Johnson ordered the closure of all non-essential goods stores, as well as playgrounds and churches, in strict new measures introduced to stop the spread of the virus on Monday.
The Prime Minister banned meetings of more than two people and said family reunions, weddings, baptisms and other social events should be canceled to avoid the NHS collapsing under the pressure of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Dockray said, “I am currently in ICU and will get a small window to survive at some point because my lungs are not working and are waiting for my time to be anesthetized and put on a ventilator. be put.
“I’ve been sick for three weeks, from a small cough the day I watched Wembley on March 1, to chills, fever, and headaches when we opened our new London location.
“Day after day I felt hangover and nonsense, but I went on as a real hero, ignoring every bit of family advice.
“The doctors asked if I had been in China and that was enough to ignore COVID-19 and tell me that I may have a seasonal virus, but they gave me some antibiotics just in case.”
The father explained how he couldn’t get off the couch in the early days of his illness and struggled to stay awake and breathe properly.
Mr. Dockray (left) got ‘at some point a small window to survive’ when his lungs started to fail after being admitted to an intensive care unit with the virus
“It took two hours and still no answer from 111, and it got worse every day,” he said. “Finally, my wife was no longer able to listen to me and called an ambulance.”
At that point, the true nature of Mr. Dockray’s condition revealed and he was rushed to an intensive care unit.
“Within an hour I was turned blue for a military operation, with doctors in hazmat suits telling me they thought I had COVID-19 and that I was seriously ill,” he continued.
“They would call my wife and family to explain that I should be put to sleep and then use a ventilator because my lungs were collapsing and my breathing would stop.
“Those who know me know that I love a challenge, and from that moment on I have fought with every breath on the promise that I must stay awake until I pass out to fight this with all I can.
“Three days later I started to stabilize – it’s not about getting much better, it’s just about not getting worse.”
After his ordeal, Mr. Dockray warned those who still ignore government advice to stay home and “stop risking loved ones.”
About 422 people died in the UK after a positive test for COVID-19, with more than 8,000 confirmed cases.
“It gives me an opportunity to warn any of you who think they are invincible, or who are breaking any advice to go out for no reason,” the father continued.
On an hourly basis, I look at the rooms marked with a laminated red rose – identifying those critical with COVID-19 – empty as their family say goodbye through the glass.
“For anyone who thinks they might have a cough and mild symptoms, or who thinks they’ve had it, so you’ll be fine, don’t be an idiot.
“I wouldn’t wish for any enemy. I even shot a video for my wife and child to say goodbye because at some point I almost gave up because of the pain and fear.
“This is not for sympathy or attention – I have all the positivity coming to me from those most precious.
“Every word of encouragement is like a rescue breath to get better. This is for those who need a rush to stay out of the way – stop panic buying, stop risking loved ones – do as you’re told and let nature take its course. ‘