AN OXFORDSHIRE artist was applauded by John Radcliffe staff who 'pulled her back from death's door' as she left intensive care after making a ‘remarkable’ coronavirus recovery.

Jenny Eadon has said she is ‘so glad to be alive’ after spending 11 weeks on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Oxford hospital.

On a ventilator and in a sedation coma for nearly eight weeks, the 77-year-old faced severe complications due to the virus, including kidney failure, heart issues, pulmonary embolism, a stroke, and brain injury fears.

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Despite at one stage being given a 20 per cent chance of surviving the next 72 hours, she slowly began to improve and is now at Abingdon Community Hospital.

Mrs Eadon, a professional artist who lives in a village near Banbury, said: “I am so glad to be alive. I know I have a lot of rehabilitation ahead of me but I am very determined to build my strength and get better.

"I want to say a huge thank you to all of those who have cared for me and helped me as I continue on my road to recovery. They are so brave and dedicated to do what they do, and I would give them all a hug if I could."

She added: “The care I have received has been fantastic, so caring, and sensitive. I was very touched by the ‘clap out’ by staff – it was very emotional."

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Improving faster than expected, the artist is now on basic oxygen support and has some minor weakness on her right side, although she is now walking, a little further each day.

Neurologically, she has regained her hearing and vision and, with the help of a speech and language therapist, her speech has made a dramatic improvement.

Mrs Eadon said she is looking forward to getting home, seeing family and returning to her studio.

Her husband, John Melrose, said her recovery was 'one of, if not the, most remarkable' in the UK.

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He said: "What staff did and are doing for Jenny is beyond words. We are so grateful for their high skill, pulling her back from death’s door on several occasions and keeping me fully informed throughout. She has a long way to full recovery – but she is already fully Jenny."

John Griffiths, an Intensive Care Consultant at the hospital trust, was one of those to care for her.

He said: “Although Jenny is still recovering in a community hospital, her recovery so far is a successful and truly remarkable one.

“Jenny’s journey through critical illness underlines the magnitude of compassionate care, effort and expertise that the NHS is able to provide.”

He added: “In the initial stages of the pandemic, so many cross divisional departments and specialities contributed to the Covid-19 ICU team. So many people performed roles completely outside their normal clinical sphere, which was very humbling to see. I am so very proud to be part of this group of amazingly strong, caring team of people who have nursed with their heart and souls to make these patients better.”