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MICHAEL’S MEMORIES: Pinner writer speaks on experience fighting COVID in light of newest ITV drama

 Published on: 5th March 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Pinner writer Michael Rosen has spoken about his experiences in intensive care fighting COVID-19 following the release of a new drama about the pandemic.

ITV’s Breathtaking shows the realities faced by NHS staff during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inspired by the novel by Dr Rachel Clarke, who worked on the front lines.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on February 22, Michael discussed what it was like being in a COVID-19 ward. He spent 40 days in a coma and 47 days in intensive care, during the time in which the series is set.

Despite overcoming the virus, Michael still has lingering symptoms, including blurred vision and deafness in one ear.

Before the interview, he posted on social media: “For the record, re Breathtaking and those who think it’s ‘exaggerated’, I’ll relate that in the period I was in intensive care (overlapping directly with the timeframe of episodes one and two), 42 per cent of the patients in my ward died.”

Speaking to presenters Ben Shepperd and Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek passed away on January 3 following complications due to COVID-19, Michael said: “I hear about people who have died, and I sort of think well why am I here? When you go into intensive care, you’re not doing things to get better. I’m kind of alienated from the fact that I actually got myself better without knowing why.”

You can watch the full interview at

Photo credit: Good Morning Britain Youtube

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