Father-of-two Nicholas Synnott, 59, punched the air after being discharged and heading home to Betchworth, Surrey, shortly before
Mr Synnott was admitted to a
He had suffered respiratory failure, was treated with a ventilator and then a heart and lung machine before his recovery started, doctors said.
Father-of-two Nicholas Synnott, 59, punched the air after being discharged and heading home to Betchworth, Surrey, shortly before Christmas
Mr Synnott was admitted to a Texas hospital in March, and is now regaining his strength with wife Nicola, 54, a school administrator who spent every day at her husband’s bedside
Derek is still in intensive care after the virus ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body. He was first hospitalised in March and remains in a critical condition. But 53-year-old Kate says he has made minor improvements
The Good Morning Britain presenter’s husband was also hospitalised in March.
Derek is still in intensive care after the virus ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body.
He remains in critical condition but 53-year-old Kate says he has made minor improvements.
In October he was able to mouth the words ‘pain’ in an emotional indicator of the difficulties of his illness.
Her two children Darcey and Billy were able to visit their father for the first time in hospital two weeks ago, marking an end to their 10 months separation.
The family had been unable to visit him in hospital before due to coronavirus restrictions, but Kate previously said that nurses allowed her to FaceTime him.
After leaving UT Health and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Mr Synnott told
He added: ‘It was a tough journey but, we’ve got where we are.’
He had suffered respiratory failure, was treated with a ventilator and then a heart and lung machine before his recovery started, doctors said
Mr Synnott, father of Rebecca, 24, and George, 21, became ill after a flight to Houston – a city he hopes to visit again and see the zoo he looked at every day from his hospital window.
Cardiologist Dr Biswajit Kar, who treated Mr Synnott, said: ‘Every organ of his body was affected by Covid-19. But yet, because his health was so good as a pilot prior to the illness, he could sustain all this and survive something as serious as this.’
Critical care specialist Dr Bindu Akkanti said the devotion of his wife was crucial to his recovery.
‘I think all of us on our team agreed that it was his wife,’ she said.
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
The presenter admitted the reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’ as her daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11, saw how Derek was ‘very changed’ by his battle with the virus (pictured in December 2019)
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’
‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,
‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’
Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition.
Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.
Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’
Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers
She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.
On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17, Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.
On New Year’s Eve she reflects on a ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek, as her house was flooded and she struggled to get a food delivery slot until her pal Emma Willis stepped in to help.
Kate reveals she and her children got to visit Derek in hospital over the Christmas period, and it was the first time her family had seen him since he was hospitalised.
She also says she’s banned from seeing home due to new restrictions introduced during the government’s third lockdown.