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After I assessed him, it was obvious if he was to stay at home he would 100 per cent die but, if he was to go to hospital he could, potentially, return home.

My educated estimate would give him a 20 per cent chance of being able to return home given that he was significantly immunocompromised and would likely pick up something, if not COVID-19, in hospital and die from that.

The difference here is that the family could not come to hospital with him.

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He asked me if I thought he would come home and I had to say, behind my suit and mask and goggles, “no, I don’t think so”. I had to take my mask off – I could not have that conversation with him and his family veiled by mask. The family had to say goodbye to him as we loaded him into our ambulance, knowing it was unlikely he would return.

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