Emotional moment nurse is given guard of honour for beating COVID-19

Emotional moment nurse, 52, who nearly died after being struck down by coronavirus is given a guard of honour as she is discharged from hospital

  • Elaine Ferrigan spent two weeks at Aintree University Hospital with COVID-19 
  • She was in critical care but her symptoms improved and she left on Sunday 
  • Mother-of-three, of Orrell Park, Liverpool, had no idea 10,000 people have died  
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

This is the emotional moment a nurse was given a guard of honour after beating coronavirus and being discharged from hospital.

Elaine Ferrigan, 52, wept as was she met by claps and cheers from doctors and nurses at Aintree University Hospital yesterday. 

The nurse, from Orrell Park in Liverpool, was clapped out by the NHS staff who treated her for two weeks at the hospital. 

Her family decided to share the footage of her send-off to share a positive story of someone beating the deadly bug that has killed 11,309 in Britain so far. 

Elaine Ferrigan, 52, (pictured in black with facemask on) wept as was she met by claps and cheers from doctors and nurses at Aintree University Hospital yesterday as she was discharged

The nurse and mother-of-three (pictured centre), from Orrell Park in Liverpool, was clapped out by the doctors and nurses who treated her for two weeks at the hospital

The mother-of-three self-isolated after developing flu-like symptoms but was admitted to hospital after they got worse. 

Her family was later told she was extremely unwell and she was admitted to the critical care unit. 

But Ms Ferrigan, who has no underlying health conditions, eventually started responding to treatment and her condition improved.    

Her family said in a statement: ‘We think mum contracted the virus before the lockdown began. She started off with flu like symptoms, and self-isolated at home.

‘But then she started vomiting and her condition deteriorated and she was rushed into Aintree.

‘At one stage doctors warned us that mum was very poorly and we were obviously very worried.

‘But mum, who has no underlying health conditions, responded well to treatment.

Elaine Ferrigan is pictured overcome with emotion as she leaves her ward at Aintree University Hospital 

‘She was discharged yesterday and was applauded by staff at Aintree. Mum did not watch any telly in hospital and has been overwhelmed by the scale of the situation – over 10,000 deaths.

‘There has been so much sad news, and we wanted to tell people about mum. She was very poorly but survived.

‘We want to urge people to adhere to social distancing to stop the spread of the disease. And we want to thank all the staff at Aintree hospital. ‘ 

A total of 36 people have now died of coronavirus at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust (pictured)

A total of 36 people have now died of coronavirus at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust.  

Two of the deaths recorded were Aintree hospital workers Barbara Moore and Liz Glanister. 

Tributes described them as an ‘unsung hero’ and a ‘beautiful soul’ respectively.

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