Ross Kemp has spoken out about about the harsh reality of coronavirus after a man sadly died of the deadly disease while filming for his new NHS documentary.
The former soap star, who has received mixed reviews for his two-part documentary titled Ross Kemp: On The NHS Frontline, gave viewers an inside look of Milton Keynes University Hospital to document the extreme conditions of how doctors and nurses are working relentlessly against Covid-19.
The second part of the series, which aired last night, saw Ross opening up about one particular patient, who tragically passed away from coronavirus before he got to share his experience with the actor.
Speaking about the documentary, Ross explained: ‘I had come back to this Buckinghamshire hospital hoping to meet a very brave 63-year-old man who had asked my crew to film him as he was being transferred to intensive care during filming for the first episode.
‘A retired military police officer, he was adamant that the public should see how severe an impact Covid-19 could have on a person’s ability to breathe. It was a testament to him that he had shown such courage to want to tell his story to the public.’
The 55-year-old went on to add that while the man appeared to make a recovery, things took a turn for the worst.
He continued: ‘Having left ICU and looking like he was making a recovery in the days leading up to my return, I wanted to thank him. But I was devastated to discover that his recovery was a false dawn and he passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.’
Despite Milton Keynes hospital seeing a lower death toll than expected, doctors have also warned that a second wave of the virus is a cause for concern.
Milton Keynes’ intensive care consultant Dr Hamid Manji explained to Ross that if the government decides to ease lockdown restrictions, that doesn’t mean people should return to socialising as normal.
Speaking in the documentary Dr Manji commented: ‘[A second wave] is a concern for me because as lockdown eases and people start to co-mingle again, there is that risk. So I think the message is still the same, even if lockdown eases, you need to continue social distancing.’
It comes after the government has hinted that lockdown could last until June, with the UK’s coronavirus death toll now the third highest in the world after the US and Italy.
At the time of writing, more than 26,000 lives have been lost to coronavirus in the UK alone with more than 22,000 deaths happening in hospitals.
Ross Kemp: On the NHS Frontline is available to stream on ITV Hub.
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