Essex

Coronavirus: Father-of-two to be subject of research study

Omar Taylor Image copyright Kaitlyn Taylor
Image caption Omar Taylor's wife has described his recovery as a miracle

A father-of-two who survived coronavirus, pneumonia, sepsis, heart failure and a double stroke is to be the subject of a research study.

Omar Taylor, 31, spent six weeks fighting the illness at Colchester General Hospital in Essex.

His wife Kaitlyn, who is training to be at a nurse at the hospital, was told to prepare for the worst.

But he was well enough to be discharged last Sunday, which his wife described as "truly a miracle".

"We are so overwhelmed with joy that Omar is home. I never thought it would happen.

Image copyright Kaitlyn Taylor
Image caption Omar Taylor, pictured with his wife and two children, spent six weeks in hospital with coronavirus

"Before he left the hospital, a research doctor asked for his consent to conduct a study of Omar's case from start to finish so they can gain knowledge about what happened to him for future treatment protocols for other patients.

"It is incredible news and we are so proud he is helping other patients," Mrs Taylor said.

Her husband, who is a regional director of Care UK, spent 20 days on a ventilator in intensive care before he was weaned off the sedation and transferred to a stroke unit.

He walked out of hospital last Sunday, much to his family's surprise, and was greeted at home by neighbours who lined the streets of their village, Rowhedge near Colchester.

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Media captionNeighbours applauded as Omar Taylor returned home
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Image caption Kaitlyn Taylor said her husband Omar is an amazing father to their children Vivienne, aged four, and Harrison who is nearly two

"I thought he would be in a wheelchair but I was amazed when he walked round the corner. It was the best feeling I have ever felt in my life," Mrs Taylor said.

She said her husband has settled in very well at home, where he is having daily physiotherapy and speech therapy.

"He still can't speak and it's hard for us to understand each other but it's just going to take time," she said.

Mrs Taylor said her colleagues had taken "exceptional care" of her husband and thanked her friends who have setup a fundraising page to support the family, which has raised over £17,000.

Image copyright Kaitlyn Taylor
Image caption The Taylor family were reunited at the hospital after six weeks apart

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