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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened up about his nearly two-week long battle with coronavirus on Sunday, revealing that at points during his ICU stay doctors were making arrangements for “what to do if things went badly wrong.”
“It was a tough old moment, I won‘t deny it,” the 55-year-old said in an interview with the British newspaper, The Sun, “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin-type‘ scenario.”
Johnson spent three nights in the ICU at St Thomas‘ Hospital in London, where he said medical workers gave him “liters and liters of oxygen.”
During that time he said, his health indicators were headed in the wrong direction.
“It was hard to believe that in just a few days my health had deteriorated to this extent,” Johnson said, “I remember feeling frustrated. I couldn‘t understand why I wasn‘t getting better.”
“But the bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe,” Johnson said, which would‘ve forced him to go into a medically induced coma.
The prime minister attributed his recovery to United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) doctors and nurses. Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds,, in honor of two physicians, Dr. Nick Price and Dr. Nick Hart, whom the prime minister credited with saving his life.
It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life.
The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives ()
The acknowledgment comes as NHS doctors .
Johnson said he wants to prevent people from suffering like he did, but that he is driven by a desire to get the U.K. “back on its feet.”
The country has suffered more than 28,000 deaths due to the virus, . And, at least 183,500 people in the U.K. have tested positive for COVID-19.
, the prime minister said. Last week Johnson promised “a roadmap, a menu of options” on next steps to lift the lockdown in the coming days.