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Ex-Salford boss Johnson says horror Covid battle was scariest time of life after struggling kidney failure & pneumonia

FORMER Salford Metropolis boss Anthony Johnson revealed he virtually died in a horror Covid battle.

The 38-year-old  — who rose to fame within the BBC documentary in regards to the Class of 92’s possession of the membership —  suffered kidney failure and pneumonia when he contracted the virus.


Ex-Salford Metropolis gaffer Anthony Johnson was advised his kidneys have been failing while being handled in hospital for Covid-19

He mentioned: “It was the scariest time of my life. For a day or two, I believed that was it.”

Johnson (left) examined optimistic for Covid final month — after his daughter, Bella caught it in school.

He remoted and skilled flu-like signs however issues took a flip for the more serious and he was taken to hospital with critical respiratory issues.


Paramedics arriving at his residence have been even compelled to make use of a defibrillator to shock him again to life after they struggled to discover a pulse.

The daddy-of-three — who’s now co-manager at Chester — needed to wait 5 hours earlier than he was taken in as a result of the  Bury hospital was overwhelmed.

He mentioned: “At this level, I used to be considering I might have been useless  — as a result of in the event that they hadn’t discovered my pulse, I wouldn’t have recognized any totally different.

“I’d simply had this defib and I’m in an ambulance mattress considering that I’m achieved.

“These paramedics have been with me for almost 5 hours. So whereas they’re sat with me — not with the ability to do something other than ensuring I don’t die — there are different individuals not being seen to.”

Johnson was ultimately taken to the Covid ward the place he was put in a mattress subsequent to aged sufferers.

I’m a no one, I’m not a star, I’m not a well-known soccer supervisor. However I’ve had 1000’s and 1000’s and 1000’s of messages from individuals

Anthony Johnson

He was identified with pneumonia, was compelled to put on an oxygen masks and couldn’t transfer with out utilizing a wheelchair.

He mentioned: “I used to be saying to the nurses and medical doctors, ‘I do know I’m not as poorly as everybody else is in right here.

“And the physician mentioned, ‘You might be, your kidneys are failing,  your blood oxygen degree is decrease than anyone else’s in right here, you’re as poorly — if not worse — than everyone else’.

“When he mentioned that it struck a chord with me at how shut I used to be to most likely dying.”

To make issues even worse, Johnson couldn’t see spouse Kayla and youngsters  Lewis, 16,  Bella, 9, and Zac, seven.

After seven nights in hospital, Johnson is now feeling “1,000,000 instances higher” — and was overwhelmed by the assist of Chester.

He added: “It has simply been completely unbelievable. You realise how essential you’re to some individuals.


Johnson mentioned he has obtained 1000’s of messages from well-wishers as he recovers in hospitalCredit: Getty

“I’m a no one, I’m not a star, I’m not a well-known soccer supervisor. However I’ve had 1000’s and 1000’s and 1000’s of messages from individuals.

“The gamers despatched me a montage video with them and Bernard Morley, our co-manager.

“I cried. Earlier than that, I’d by no means cried in my entire life.”

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