An 83-year-old Uckfield woman featured on BBC South East Today last night after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, and being transferred from hospital to hospice, but rallying to be safely home again with her husband.
Reporter Sara Smith said Pam Baisden spent around two months in hospital after fracturing her hip in a fall.
She was very frail and while there contracted the infection C. Diff and then Covid-19, the virus which has claimed so many lives over the past few months.
Pam, who was interviewed in her garden, told the reporter: “I had horrible dreams, almost nightmares, while I was only semi-conscious or unconscious. I certainly I didn’t have any hopes of picking up the threads of a normal life with my husband, my pets, my garden, the things I really love.”
Sara said the couple were at the theatre when Pam had her fall and Alan was unable to visit for weeks after she developed Covid-19. He tried not to think about what seemed an increasingly likely outcome.
Alan said, on BBC South East Today: “I hadn’t really admitted that to myself. I was just going from day to day. What else could you do in the circumstances.”
Sara went on to report: “Eventually Pam was transferred from hospital to St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and there, against the odds, she rallied.
“Inspired by scenes from around the country, when she finally headed home staff stood to applaud her.”
Ruth Bacon, of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, told Sara: “It was really nice that at this really difficult time we had all been able to come together and work with a patient, and her husband, and reach that final goal.
“The fact that she was able to walk out of here was so brilliant.”
Pam said: “Wonderful really. To come home to things that I loved and like, my husband in particular. He has been wonderful.”
Alan added: “To be honest I didn’t think I should ever see the day. Thanks to all those wonderful people down there.”
Sara Smith concluded her report saying: “Covid-19 has taken its toll but it hasn’t taken her life.”