The 47-year-old patient dies of Long Covid two months after his cheers as he walked out of the intensive care unit after a 60-day battle for life in the first wave
- Roehl Ribaya was the last first wave Covid patient to leave a Blackpool hospital
- He was cheered on by the intensive care unit in July but died last Thursday after a two-day coma
- His widow, a nurse, says he never fully recovered from symptoms of Covid-19
A 47-year-old patient who was cheered on by the intensive care unit just two months ago after surviving a 60-day battle for his life is infected with & # 39; long Covid & # 39; died.
Aerospace engineer Roehl Ribaya, 47, arrived in the intensive care unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on May 29.
He spent 48 days on a ventilator before doctors and nurses could cheer him on from the hospital in July as he was their last Covid-19 patient from the first wave of the pandemic.
One man's father said at the time, “I was sure I was going to die. How can you thank people who saved your life? & # 39;
Roehl Ribaya was Blackpool Victoria Hospital's last Covid-19 patient from the first wave of the pandemic. He spent 60 days in intensive care and was cheered on from the hospital. He died from cardiac arrest last week, but his wife believes it was "long covid".
After his death last Thursday, his widow, nurse Stella Ricio-Ribaya, announced that he had "never recovered" from the long-term effects of the coronavirus and fears it could be one of many "long Covid" tragedies.
Ms. Ricio-Ribaya performed CPR on her husband after suffering cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
Then he fell into a coma and died last Thursday.
No autopsy was performed and the family does not know whether an examination will take place.
Government guidance released in May casts doubt on whether there will be a full investigation, as it says, "Covid-19 is not a reason in itself to refer a death to a coroner."
Mr. Ribaya's widow said, “He was never the same. He was so breathless the whole time.
Please follow government instructions so we can stop this virus. It was taken too early. We don't want to die anymore. & # 39;
The staff said they loved Roehl very much during his time on the ward. After his death last week, his widow, Stella Ricio-Ribaya, announced he was "never the same" after being diagnosed with Covid-19. He was taken back to the hospital several times
Close friend Mark Delabajan said the family was "devastated".
He said Mr Ribaya's cause of death was cardiac arrest, with the secondary cause being post-fovid pulmonary fibrosis.
Mark added: & # 39; It's been Covid for a long time. His breath was never the same and he couldn't climb the stairs.
"He was taken back to the hospital several times."
He revealed how his friend was the "life and soul of the party … very funny and always joking".
"The Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff liked him very much," he added.
Mr Ribaya arrived at Blackpool Hospital on May 29 and spent 48 days in the intensive care unit on a ventilator.
In July, when he was released from intensive care, senior counselor Dr. Jason Cupitt, it signaled that they "survived the first wave of this silent killer".
Mr. Cupitt said at the time: “It is amazing to be able to say goodbye to our last Covid patient.
"While we are very fond of Roehl, the staff are so fond of saying goodbye that they send out the message that we survived the first wave of this silent killer."
Friends of Mr. Ribaya say they are "devastated" after he passed away last week, while the trust of the hospitals caring for him added that they were "extremely sad".
Mr Cupitt admitted that the 2020 pandemic is the greatest "emotional roller coaster ride" in his 19 years as a consultant.
He added, “One of the hardest things to do was talking on the phone to families who couldn't be with loved ones.
"There are patients I will surely remember for the rest of my life as they were part of the most frightening and exciting time of my career."
Kevin McGee, executive director of the NHS Foundation Trust at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals said today that their staff were devastated when they died.
Mr. McGee added: "We were very saddened by Roehl's death and our thoughts and prayers go with his family during this sad time."