Ralph the French bulldog proved to be just the tonic to lift the spirits of his owner and Critical Care patient Vic Sharrard after staff arranged a very special visit this afternoon.
Former lorry driver Vic’s face lit up when he saw his beloved pet properly for the first time since being admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital’s Critical Care Unit 85 days ago after contracting COVID-19.
Staff who have been caring for him have worked with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Critical Care Rehabilitation Team and Infection Prevention and Control colleagues to pull off the visit; knowing it would mean the world to Vic and help him on the road to recovery.
The 69-year-old grandfather was taken unwell at home and has underlying health conditions. He has been on a ventilator and now has a tracheotomy.
Communicating with the help of Senior Sister Becky Adams, Vic said he had really missed Ralph and is used to taking him out for a walk with his wife Patricia. Today he was able to give Ralph a treat and enjoy some much-needed cuddles with his four legged friend.
Vic, who is also a father-of-two, has been doubly vaccinated and believes he wouldn’t have survived the virus if he hadn’t been jabbed. He also gave a massive thumbs up to the fantastic care he has received in the unit.
Becky added: “Vic is another one of our miracles. He was so poorly and has really been through the mill.
“Now we’re working to get him on to a ward and home and this visit today has been fantastic to see. It just means so much and I’m glad we were all able to work together to make it happen for him.”