Heartwarming moment brave firefighter is reunited with children after month-long coronavirus battle

THIS is the heartwarming moment a firefighter is reunited with his family after battling with coronavirus.

Steve Landon, 39, spent 23 days in Wrexham Maelor Hospital, in Wales, including three trips to the intensive care unit.

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The dad-of-four was able to go home yesterday as images show Steve holding his four children after walking through the door.

He still has a long way to go in his recovery as his wife Becky spoke of her husband's excitement at being able to hug his children Caleb, 14, Evie, 13, Abigail, 11 and seven-year-old Seth.

Becky told NorthWalesLive: "Our superhero came home yesterday afternoon.

"It's amazing to have him back but as a family, it's hard for us to see how this virus has weakened him and how the things we take for granted, like walking and talking, still leave him breathless and exhausted.

"An x-ray shows he has scarring on his lungs. No-one knows the long term damage or prognosis as the virus is so new."

She added: "Steve couldn't make it up the stairs so he slept on the sofa last night.

This week, Steve shared an emotional video where he thanked NHS staff after three weeks on a "relentless roller coaster" when he contracted Covid-19.

His minute-and-a-half long clip Steve also pay tribute to his wife, Becky.

Steve, from Deeside, Flintshire, struggled to breathe as he recorded the message of thanks from his bed on an isolation ward.

Steve said: "I can't take my mask off for very long because I'm still on a lot of oxygen… but I thought now's the chance to do a quick video on my progress.

"First of all, I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who have been sending prayers and thoughts and support.


"I have been reading your messages and they have encouraged me.

"Becky has been amazing. Very supportive looking after the kids. What a wife.

"But I do have to say a massive thank you to the NHS staff who have been my family when I haven't been with mine."

Steve became overwhelmed with emotion as he praised the heroic hospital staff.

And he revealed he has astonished doctors by doing press-ups as he continues his recovery from the virus.


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Choking back tears, he said: "If it weren't for them, I can honestly say that I wouldn't be here.

"Awesome. Just amazing. The good news is, I'm getting stronger every day.

"I even managed to do press ups this morning, much to the amazement of the physios and consultants.

"They are impressed with my progress and yes, I will be coming home soon."

At the end of the video, Steve said: "Keep praying. Thank you for all your support.I'm Stephen Landon and you've been watching my recovery.

"Remember guys, new day, new potential. Yes!"

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Steve spent more than 10 days in intensive care where he was put on a CPAP (pressurised oxygen) machine.

He also had to have a chest drain put in when one of his lungs collapsed.

But now he is on the mend, Steve hopes to be able to trial a new drug that could help other Covid-19 patients in future when he is well enough.

Sharing the video on her Facebook page, Steve's wife Becky, who works on the Maelor's children's ward posted: "It was three weeks today that Steve got taken into hospital via ambulance.

I can only describe it as a rollercoaster

"I can only describe it as a rollercoaster.

"Today he has recorded a video message which shows you the impact this virus can have even on the healthiest of people."

Becky said Steve's harrowing plight spurred a colleague's husband to run an ultra-marathon around his garden to raise money for PPE (personal protective equipment) for staff at Wrexham Maelor.

He ran 6,000-7,000 laps which is the equivalent to 45-50 miles completing it in just under 13 hours – the average shift worked by
health care professionals.

She added: "Please donate to this amazing cause.

"Steve was told by doctors that his fitness saved his life but I know that it was his fitness, an amazing medical team and an army of people praying.

"On the home run now Steve."

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