U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the fast decline of his health while suffering from the coronavirus had doctors preparing how to announce his death.
“They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the doctors had made arrangements if things had gone wrong as some of his vital signs were not positive.
“They gave me a face mask so I got litres and litres of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie,” Johnson said.
Johnson stressed he was not in good shape during his life-or-death struggle and kept asking himself “How am I going to get out of this?”
“It was hard to believe that in just a few days my health had deteriorated to this extent.”
“I remember feeling frustrated. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better,” he said.
He said things got harder when there was a time when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down his windpipe.
“They were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally,” he said.
His recovery took a month, and he returned to duty on April 27.
“It was thanks to some wonderful, wonderful nursing that I made it. They really did it and they made a huge difference,” Johnson said.