Lucky to be alive – the story of Jenny Eadon

Jenny Eadon receives a ‘clap out’ as she leaves intensive care.

Jenny Eadon is a 77 year old artist from a village just outside of Banbury.  She is also a Covid-19 survivor.

As of today, Jenny has received a total of more than three month’s care from various medical teams.  11 weeks of that care was spent in the Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital after Jenny developed severely life threatening complications as a result of contracting Covid-19.

After receiving initial treatment at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, Jenny was urgently moved to the ICU at John Radcliffe.  After arriving at the ICU, Jenny was placed on a ventilator and induced into a sedation coma for almost eight weeks.

During this time, she struggled with a range of complications including kidney failure, heart issues, a pulmonary embolism, a stroke, and on top of all of that, looked to have a very poor neurological prognosis.

At one point, Jenny was in such a critical condition that she was only given a 20% chance of survival for the following 72 hour period.

Despite all odds, Jenny not only survived, but is improving faster than doctors ever expected.

After two and a half months in intensive care, where she received constant treatment for her condition, Jenny was finally well enough to be moved to a rehabilitation ward, before moving onwards to the Abingdon Community Hospital, run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Doctors report that Jenny is now only receiving “basic oxygen support” and has a slight residual weakness on her right side.  Jenny is also making progress with her walking, “walking a little further each day.”  In addition, Jenny has regained her full memory, lucidity and cognitive skills, “and is in good spirits”.

Jenny understands how lucky she has been.  She explains:

“I am so glad to be alive. I know I have a lot of rehabilitation ahead of me but I am very determined to build my strength and get better. The care I have received has been fantastic, so caring, and sensitive. I was very touched by the ‘clap out’ by staff – it was very emotional.”

Jenny’s husband is thankful to have Jenny back and remarks at how unique Jenny’s recovery has been.  He says:

“As far as I can tell, this is currently one of, if not the, most remarkable COVID-19 recovery stories in the UK.  She has a long way to full recovery – but she is already fully Jenny.  OUH should be proud and the team has done a fantastic job. This outcome is a great tribute to the John Radcliffe Hospital’s ICU team and her consultants. A strong bond was built between the staff and Jenny.”

John Griffiths, an Intensive Care Consultant at the Trust, was one of those to care for Jenny.  He explains that Jenny’s recovery success was only made possible due to collaboration efforts of the entire NHS team:

“This includes the nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dietitians and therapists, family liaison and administration teams, and cleaners. Jenny’s journey through critical illness underlines the magnitude of compassionate care, effort and expertise that the NHS is able to provide.”


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