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The man wakes up from a coma to find coronavirus killed his family



Scott Miller woke up from his coma and found that his family had died of coronavirus.  (BBC)
Scott Miller woke up from his coma and found that his family had died of coronavirus. (BBC)

A man who was in a three-week coma while battling the coronavirus woke up to discover that the disease had killed both his mother and her partner.

Scott Miller, 43, was struck by COVID-19 in March after his 76-year-old mother Norma tested positive for the disease when she was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a fall.

It was while Norma, who was suffering from dementia, was in hospital that Mr Miller also tested positive and became seriously ill, the BBC reported.

The self-employed locksmith was rushed to intensive care at the same hospital and placed in a medically induced coma to save his life.

Scott Miller's mother Norma (right) died of coronavirus while in a coma.  (BBC / Miller Family Award)
Scott Miller’s mother Norma (right) died of coronavirus while in a coma. (BBC / Miller Family Award)

When he woke up three weeks later, Miller was devastated to discover that his mother and her 69-year-old partner had both died.

All three lived in the same household.

Reminded of how he discovered the tragic news, Miller told the BBC: “When I came around I just had a gut feeling that something had happened to my mother and when the nurse told me it was just disbelief and shock. It was very difficult …

“It was just disbelief that it had taken two people who were part of my everyday life.

“The staff at the hospital were absolutely amazing. Two or three of the nurses who treated me were with my mother when she passed away. Every part of the NHS was amazing.”

Mr Miller, who lost 3.5 stones during his battle to beat the coronavirus, is now warning people not to grow satisfied with the dangers of the disease.

He added: “People need to understand that it’s a real killer, I do not think people really take it seriously.

Scott Miller and his mother were both treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  (Getty)
Scott Miller and his mother were both treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. (Getty)

“People need to know that we are not done with it yet. They need to know, just be safe and secure and watch out.”

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