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Father-of-two, 39, beats Covid after his wife refused to allow doctor to turn off his life support

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A father whose wife refused to turn off his life support has spoken of his relentless battle to beat coronavirus.

Adam Banks told how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck down with the disease in January.

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital – including five weeks in a coma – while doctors fought to save him.

His wife Marie was faced with the agonising decision to stop his treatment as his lungs began to shut down.

‘She refused and begged them to come up with another option,’ said Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby in Yorkshire with Marie and their children Chloe, 19 and Taylor, 17.

Adam Banks (pictured with wife Marie) told how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck down with the disease in January

Adam Banks (pictured with wife Marie) told how he had to learn to walk, talk and swallow again after being struck down with the disease in January

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital - including five weeks in a coma - while doctors fought to save him

The 39-year-old spent three months in hospital – including five weeks in a coma – while doctors fought to save him

‘My lungs had collapsed by around 90% and I was ventilated within days of being admitted to James Cook Hospital.’

In a final attempt to save him, Mr Banks was transferred to a hospital in Leicester where he was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine to keep his lungs and heart working.

Being comatose for the majority of his treatment, Mr Banks was unaware of his condition and the huge effort underway to keep him alive.

He told how when he woke up things ‘didn’t feel real’ as the life-saving drugs caused him to hallucinate.

His wife Marie was faced with the agonising decision to stop his treatment as his lungs began to shut down

His wife Marie was faced with the agonising decision to stop his treatment as his lungs began to shut down

'She refused and begged them to come up with another option,' said Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby with Marie and their two children Chloe, 19 and Taylor, 17 (pictured)

‘She refused and begged them to come up with another option,’ said Mr Banks, who lives in Hutton Rudby with Marie and their two children Chloe, 19 and Taylor, 17 (pictured)

He said: ‘At one point I thought the doctors and nurses were trying to kill me with the meds so I stopped taking them for one day and it made me so sick.’

Mr Banks, branch manager at JT Atkinson builders merchant in Stokesley, lost five stone during his ordeal.

He shared before-and-after photos showing the shocking impact coronavirus had on his body.

‘After the ECMO therapy I was brought back to Middlesbrough but I was paralysed from the neck down,’ he said.

‘I hadn’t eaten in two-and-a-half months, and my voice box had collapsed from the treatment so I spent around two weeks back in intensive care to build some strength up and learn how to walk.’

He was finally discharged from hospital on April 19 but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him.

He was finally discharged from hospital on April 19 but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him

He was finally discharged from hospital on April 19 but knew he had a long road to recovery ahead of him

‘I was very weak in a wheelchair and could only have bed baths at home,’ he added.

‘I only came off oxygen a week ago and even now I don’t have the strength do anything; even taking a lid off a bottle is a struggle.

‘I’m under the long Covid clinic and I’ve been told it will take around 18 months until I start to feel normal again.’

Mr Banks was also doubled jabbed by July which he said makes him feel ‘much more protected’ from the disease.

He told how his battle changed his outlook on life.

‘It’s brought me a lot closer to my wife and kids and we are just enjoying every single moment in life, he said.

Mr Banks was also doubled jabbed by July which he said makes him feel 'much more protected' from the disease. Pictured: Before and after the disease

Mr Banks was also doubled jabbed by July which he said makes him feel 'much more protected' from the disease. Pictured: Before and after the disease

Mr Banks was also doubled jabbed by July which he said makes him feel ‘much more protected’ from the disease. Pictured: Before and after the disease

‘I’m glad it happened to me and not my family. Every day is a good day now; that’s how I see it.’

Teacher assistant Marie also tested positive for Covid which meant she could not visit Mr Banks in hospital.

The 39-year-old said: ‘We were all just so scared as we didn’t know what was going to happen from one minute to the next.

‘I was convinced that he would be taken into hospital, given some oxygen then brought home; I never imagined it would turn out the way it did.’

Mr Banks said the support he has received over the last eight months has been ‘unbelievable’.

He added: ‘The people in the NHS who helped me, the job they do, is remarkable.’

‘My employer has supported me massively from day one too, which has been such a relief for us all both mentally and physically.

‘I’m so grateful for everything.’

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