A POOLE Hospital patient who had a heart transplant and was undergoing chemotherapy when he contracted coronavirus is thanking staff at Poole Hospital for saving his life.

Ian Cobb, 48, a welder from Wool, left critical care in the hospital to a round of applause from his care team after surviving Covid-19 and being discharged on Wednesday June 3.

A lead consultant from Poole Hospital said that Ian showed “amazing fortitude” to come through his battle.

Ian tested positive for coronavirus in early March and initially started his recovery at home before being readmitted three days later as he became too unwell.

In total he spent 60 days in the hospital’s critical care unit - the majority of that time on a ventilator.

Commenting from his rehabilitation ward, Mr Cobb, said: “The staff at the hospital have collectively saved my life and I will be forever grateful.

"In particular, the critical care team have been phenomenal, they made sure the first voice I heard after my coma was from my wife, Sam, and I’m truly grateful for that.

“After 60 days with no visitors, it’s been a bit lonely but I’m expecting to see Sam soon, I’m looking forward to being able to spend time with her and my family again because I’ve really missed them.”

James Bromilow, lead consultant for Intensive care medicine at Poole Hospital, said the entire team were “delighted with Mr. Cobb’s amazing recovery”.

He added: "Ian has already had a really tough battle with his health over the past few years.

"He’s shown amazing fortitude to come through this and everyone in the critical care team wishes him well in his future recovery."