A man who has survived coronavirus described the hospital staff who cared for him as "living angels".
Maurice from Torquay spent four weeks in hospital after he was admitted as an emergency with coronavirus symptoms, during which he had two life-threatening incidents.
The 59-year-old insisted on walking rather than using a wheelchair when he was discharged on Saturday.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust staff applauded him as he left in honour of his fight against the illness.
Leaving the ward, the senior engineering manager said: "You have helped me live again."
Admitting that he was previously "too relaxed about coronavirus", Maurice said what happened to him "should act as a warning" to people who do not take the virus seriously enough.
He said the result of ignoring his symptoms was that "I nearly died twice".
"Without the morale-boosting attitude of all the staff and their genuine professional and caring nature I would have given in to COVID-19.
"The environment in the hospital is amazing."