Author Michael Rosen told he ‘might not wake up’

Culture Desk | Published: 23:07, Jun 29,2020


Michael Rosen

Author Michael Rosen has said doctors warned him he ‘might not wake up’ shortly before putting him into an induced coma during Covid-19 treatment, reports BBC.

The We’re Going On A Bear Hunt writer, 74, spent 47 days on a ventilator after being admitted to hospital in March.

He said doctors ‘handed me a piece of paper and said you’ve got a 50/50 chance’, to which he asked ‘are you telling me I might not wake up?’.

The ex-Children’s Laureate said he was told ‘‘Yes’, then I signed something.’

He recalled: ‘I think I was a bit light-headed but I remember thinking ‘oh well a 50/50 chance’. I was quite sort of flippant to myself about it really.’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said at first he thought he had the flu or a mild form of the disease.

He told presenter Mishal Husain that ‘things started moving very, very quickly’ after his neighbour, a GP, tested the levels of oxygen in his blood and told him ‘you’ve got to go to A&E now’.

He later found out his respiratory system, liver and kidneys were failing, and looking back said he was ‘probably two or three hours off departing this planet.’

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