- The 43-year-old man had taken his mother to the hospital after she fell and could not regain her footing
- While at the hospital, she contacted COVID-19 and was admitted but while receiving treatment the man also contracted the virus
- He was admitted to the ICU and was placed in a medically induced coma to help save his life
- Unfortunately, his mother succumbed to the disease and a week a later, her partner succumbed to it also
- The man woke three weeks later only to learn of the heartbreaking news
A 43-year-old man who was in a three-week coma as he battled COVID-19 woke to discover the disease had killed both his mother and her partner.
The man identified as Scott Miller was struck by COVID-19 on March 21, 2020, after his 76-year-old mother Norma tested positive for the disease.
According to a report by The BBC, Miller's mother contracted the disease when she was being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a fall and was unable to regain her footing.
It was while Norma, who suffered from dementia, was in the hospital that Miller also tested positive and became seriously ill.
The self-employed locksmith was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the same hospital and was placed in a medically induced coma to help save his life.
Just downstairs, his mother was dying. And then tragically, a week after that, his mother's partner died as well.
Recalling how he discovered the tragic news, Miller said he was in disbelief
"On the Sunday morning we got a call to say Norma had passed away, and we got a call from the consultant to say that Scott was very ill as well," said Miller's sister-in-law, Sharlene Miller.
"Then Norma's partner passed away the following Sunday," she added.
The 43-year-old was grateful to the staff of the health facility including three nurses who had treated him and were also with his mum when she passed away.
Miller, who also lost weight during his battle against COVID-19, is now warning people not to grow complacent to the dangers of the illness.
”People need to understand it is a real killer, I do not think people are really taking it seriously," he said.
""People need to know we are not out of it yet. They need to know, just be safe and secure and watch out," he added.
According to Sharlene, Scott's kidneys began to fail and he had pneumonia and blood clots - leaving doctors doubtful that he would make it.
In the week between Norma's funeral and her partner's funeral, each day Scott seemed to deteriorate and they were running out of options, Sharlene said.
"We were at the point where we were maybe going to have to make a decision about turning off his life support," she told BBC..
"On April 15, they nearly lost him. We got a phone call and we thought that was them saying that Scott had passed away, but they had managed to stabilise him again," she added.
Sharlene, whose own parents had COVID-19 but survived, said there was a sense of relief because they did not know how they would have coped with losing Scott as well.
"When we were able to speak to him and see him, we were elated with that. It was lovely," she said.
After three desperate weeks spent in intensive care, Scott began to recover and doctors eventually judged it safe to bring him out of a coma.
When they thought it was safe to do so, a nurse told him his mother had died.
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