Award-winning author Michael Rosen, who grew up in Pinner, has revealed his near-death battle with Covid-19 has left him almost blind in one eye, partially deaf and suffering breathless dizzy spells.
The 74-year-old author, former Poet Laureate and broadcaster, was a student at Pinner Wood School and West Lodge and lived on Love Lane until he was 17.
Michael spoke about his experiences with the virus on BBC Radio 4 show, ‘The Reunion’, which aired on 30 December.
He described the long term effects the virus has had on his health, known as ‘long Covid.’ During the BBC show, Michael was reunited with staff from Whittington Hospital, where he was treated in intensive care last year.
Michael said on BBC Radio 4: ”I didn’t know you but you knew me, my intimate details, and you did all those things we as parents do with people, you cleaned me up and you saved me. And you didn’t know me as a person. I’ll be forever grateful.”
Teams of people in their crews: nurses, doctors, cleaners, caterers, ambulance drivers, physios (and more) made huge efforts to keep me alive – along with many others at the same time. They saved my life and have got me from horizontal to hobbling. Forever grateful to you all xxx
— Michael Rosen 💙💙💙🎓🎓🎓 (@MichaelRosenYes) June 24, 2020