BORIS Johnson reportedly resisted going into hospital because he did not want to be seen to be receiving preferential treatment.
The coronavirus stricken PM had supposed to have been admitted to hospital three days before he went — and medics were surprised to see him clapping the NHS.
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Today Boris has said he owed his life to the NHS as he continues to recover from the virus that has killed nearly 10,000 Brits.
At one point he was so gravely ill, his ministers and aides reportedly came together to pray for his recovery as he struggled to breathe.
But it has emerged the 55-year-old PM battled for three days in Downing Street after he was supposed to be in hospital.
Doctors at St Thomas' Hospital in London has been wearing full protective clothing on Thursday April 2 after being warned Johnson, was on his way, reported the Mail on Sunday.
According to NHS sources, the team at St Thomas' were already "scrubbed up and in PPE" [personal protective equipment] at a secret entrance when they were told that the PM was no longer coming.
They then saw the clearly unwell Prime Minister applauding from the steps of No11 Downing Street at 8pm.
The public had for days been told his coronavirus symptoms were "mild" after it was announced on March 27 he had tested positive for coronavirus.
But after struggling through a morning Covid-19 "War Cabinet" meeting on April 2, the PM conceded he was still ill and would not be ending his seven-day isolation the following day.
It was agreed on April 2 that he would remain in self- isolation in his flat above No11 with his symptoms reviewed on Saturday morning.
But by Saturday April 4, the check-up quickly established Boris' condition was worsening and he was rushed to hospital.
RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AND OXYGEN TUBE INSERTED UP HIS NOSE
He was conscious when he arrived, but reportedly "very, very unwell" with a tube immediately inserted into his nose and oxygen administered.
Downing Street told the public that the PM was working from bed.
But his condition was said to have worsened throughout Sunday evening and Monday.
Mobile phone reception was also poor and the wi-fi could not be used for security reasons.
In any event he was become too ill to work or respond to texts or WhatsApp messages.
An added complication was the poor mobile phone reception at the hospital plus a warning about the danger of using public wi-fi for security reasons.
DOCTORS PHONE CARRIE SYMONDS WITH BAD NEWS
At about 6pm on Monday, shortly after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab publicly allayed concerns that the PM was "in good spirits", Boris’ fiancee Carrie Symonds received bad news from doctors.
Oxygen treatment was not working and it was likely he might need a ventilator to keep him alive. It was decided to move him to intensive care in which a recent study found coronavirus patients have a 50/50 chance of surviving.
The Queen was notified and Raab was anointed as the PM’s deputy.
It would be three long nights before he was well enough to leave the unit on Thursday afternoon.
One hospital insider described the him as “euphoric” and waving at doctors and nurses on his way out of ICU.
By Thursday evening he was even able to join in the clap for the NHS frontline workers — but this time from his hospital bed
Boris today said he owes his life to the staff of Britain's state-run National Health Service, in his first comments since being released from intensive care.
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"I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life," Johnson said of the staff at the hospital, which is just across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament. The comments were released to journalists and confirmed by his office on Sunday.
Johnson was back on his feet by Friday, taking short walks between periods of rest, in what his office described as the early stage of recovery.
Britain's COVID-19 death toll neared 10,000, the fifth highest national number globally, after officials reported another 917 hospital deaths.
In its most recent official update on Johnson's condition, Downing Street said he "continues to make very good progress".
Priti Patel, the interior minister, said in yesterday’ daily government news briefing that he needed time to rest and recover before returning to work.
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