Covid nearly killed Mal but now he is going home

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In April 2020, Sue Martin told the BBC how her husband Mal had contracted Covid-19 and his chances of survival were almost zero. Nearly three months on Sue, 49, a civil servant from south Wales, tells Ceri Jackson what has happened since and the impact of an unexpected public reaction to her family’s heartache. I bumped into two friends in the supermarket yesterday. They asked me the same question I’ve been asked literally thousands and thousands of times over the past few months: “How’s Mal doing?”It was exactly three months to the day that my husband was taken to hospital by ambulance from our family home gravely ill with Covid-19; three months since our two children and I video messaged him to tell him we loved before he was put in an induced coma and placed on a ventilator; just under three months since doctors told me Mal’s chances of survival were virtually zero.One friend said tearfully: “I can’t quite believe you’re telling me this” but the answer I’d given her was true. Against all odds maybe – Mal is possibly coming home this week.

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