A man who "battled for every breath" as he fought coronavirus has returned home and is "grateful to be alive".
Hylton Murray-Philipson spent five of his 12 days at Leicester Royal Infirmary in intensive care.
He was given a guard of honour by staff when he was discharged on Friday.
"When you have battled for every breath, everything just feels incredible," said the 61-year-old, who spent his birthday recovering on the ward.
'I cried like a baby'
Mr Murray-Philipson was taken to hospital the day after his 92-year-old father died of non-coronavirus related illness, and watched the funeral from his hospital bed.
The farmer, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, said he had been "feeling unwell for a few days" with a temperature of about 40C (104F) and a cough, before he was admitted to intensive care.
"I was fighting for breath, I spent five days fighting for my life. There were moments of great distress, great panic," he said.
Mr Murray-Philipson was fed intravenously, given oxygen and medication while attached to a ventilator, then was moved to a ward to recover.
"The nurses [there] asked me what I would like for my birthday - when you have just come through a fight for your life it's hard to think of something," he told the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
"I told them I'd really like a shave. They agreed and I sat in the chair as they gave me a shave. After, they all stood around my bed with a piece of birthday cake with a candle in it.
"I cried like a baby, I was so overcome with emotion."
The father-of-two was discharged on Friday to continue his recovery at home.
Andrew Furlong, medical director at Leicester's hospitals, said they were discharging patients on a daily basis who had recovered from Covid-19.
"Our staff are providing amazing care and it's a joy when we're able to see patients well enough to leave our hospitals," he said.