Mother says counselling helped her cope while husband battled COVID-19

Mother-of-two whose husband was given a 1% chance of survival after 50 days on a ventilator with coronavirus reveals counselling helped her cope with ‘dark thoughts’

  • Steve Banks,44, Essex, spent 50 days on ventilator when breathing deteriorated
  • Appeared on Good Morning Britain today with wife Lisa,spoke of Covid-19 battle
  • Lisa explained she was forced to tell children there was ‘slim chance’ of survival 
  • Was offered counselling through job and told it was ‘important’ to share feelings
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A mother whose husband was given one per cent chance of survival says seeking counselling helped her cope with her ‘dark thoughts’ while her partner battled coronavirus. 

Father-of-two Steve Banks, 44, from Essex, was rushed to hospital on 25th March by paramedics when his breathing deteriorated and within hours was put into an induced coma. 

The bodybuilder, who had no underlying health conditions, was left on a ventilator in intensive care for 50 days where doctors told Lisa he had a ‘slim chance’ of surviving – before making a miraculous recovery after seven weeks in hospital.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Lisa recalled how she was forced to tell her children that their dad ‘may not be coming home’, and said that she felt it was ‘so important’ she was able speak about her feelings without ‘burdening’ her family. 

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Lisa Banks (pictured) from Essex, whose husband was given one per cent chance of survival says seeking counselling helped her cope with her ‘dark thoughts’ while her partner battled coronavirus

Father-of-two Steve Banks (pictured),44, from Essex, was rushed to hospital on March 25 by paramedics when his breathing deteriorated and within hours was put into an induced coma

She said: ‘My workplace offered counselling and they’ve been absolutely amazing. There were things I didn’t want to talk to my family about, my dark thoughts. 

‘I didn’t want to traumatise everyone, everyone was going through it and I didn’t want to burden them. So speaking to a counsellor was very important to me.’

Steve was initially taken to Basildon Hospital, Essex but was transferred to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, where he was given a tracheotomy and put on a life-support machine. 

The mother was told to write letters to her husband, and was forced to give her children the option of visiting their dad in hospital if his condition worsened. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Lisa told host Lorraine Kelly (pictured) how she was forced to tell her children of their dad ‘may not be coming home’

The mother told she felt it was ‘so important’ she was able speak abut her feelings without ‘burdening’ her family

She said: ‘We were told by the hospital just prepare, the damage that’s been done there’s a very slim chance he will get better. 

‘They told us to write letters as you may not be able to be with him. It was really quite distressing, thinking something would happen to him . The worst bit was telling my children. 

‘Saying there is a real possibility your dad is not coming home, if we get the chance to come to the hospital, do you want to come with us? They both said no, they don’t want to remember their dad that way.’ 

When Steve finally woke up, while doctors and nurses around him were clapping to celebrate his miraculous recovery, he remembered nothing. 

Steve was initially taken to Basildon Hospital, Essex but was transferred to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, where he was given a tracheotomy and put on a life-support machine

I woke up in a different hospital, which was a weird thing for one’, said Steve, ‘I couldn’t speak at the time. My eyes were wandering all over the place I had no idea what was going on, they were all celebrating.’ 

When asked what he remembered from his ordeal, he said:’Nothing at all, apart from going into hospital. 

‘They rushed me through into the ward and they warned me to start breathing or we’ll have to knock you out. 

‘I sent a couple of messages to my wife and I don’t remember sending them. I can’t praise the hospitals and the help they gave me.’ 

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