Michael Rosen thanks NHS for ‘saving my life’ as he leaves hospital after three month coronavirus battle

Former children’s laureate was admitted to intensive care in March

Isobel Lewis
Thursday 25 June 2020 09:48
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Children’s author Michael Rosen has thanked NHS workers for “saving my life” as he returned home from hospital following a three-month battle with coronavirus.

The beloved writer and former children’s laureate was taken into intensive care in March after contracting Covid-19. He was said to be in a “very poorly but stable” condition.

On Wednesday (24 June), the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt author confirmed that he was finally at home again, having left the intensive care unit little over a month ago.

Responding to former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who had wished him well on Twitter, Rosen tweeted: “Thank you very much Jeremy for your goodwill message when I went into intensive care. I’ve survived! And came home yesterday. Thanks again.’

Rosen’s wife Emma-Louise Williams also shared a picture of the writer sat on their balcony, which she captioned: “Home!”

The author thanked the NHS for their help while he was in hospital, tweeting: “Teams of people in their crews: nurses, doctors, cleaners, caterers, ambulance drivers, physios (and more) made huge efforts to keep me alive – along with many others at the same time. They saved my life and have got me from horizontal to hobbling. Forever grateful to you all.”

Referencing his wife in a second tweet, he continued: “Now I’m home @Underthecranes has been through the timeline of what happened to me [and] I become overwhelmed by how she and the family hung on in hope while I was out of it in a coma for several weeks – survival in doubt. I’m so lucky to have had such hope and support backing me.”

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