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Hospital doctors were ready to announce my death – POLITICO


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The UK prime minister said he required ‘liters and liters of oxygen’ to stay alive.


Boris Johnson said that he came so close to dying in hospital with COVID-19 that doctors were ready to announce, what he called a “‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.”

The U.K. prime minister was discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on April 12 after spending three days in intensive care where he told the Sun on Sunday newspaper he required “liters and liters of oxygen.”

“It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it,” he said. “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.”

“I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place. The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong,” he added.

Johnson, who had self-isolated in Downing Street for the days before going into hospital said it was “hard to believe” that his health had deteriorate so quickly and he could not understand why he was not getting better when he went into hospital.

“But the bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe. That was when it got a bit … they were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally,” he said.

Yesterday, Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds announced they had named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, with the name Nicholas chosen to honor two doctors who saved the prime minister’s life.


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