Deputy David Johnson, who has represented St Mary since 2014, is recovering on a ward after being admitted to hospital on Saturday, when he was placed in an isolation area and given oxygen.
Sarah Johnson said that her husband had been unwell since 1 April. His coronavirus was initially being managed at home, but after he appeared to be recovering last week, his condition worsened again and culminated in him being rushed to hospital on Saturday.
‘I was on a knife-edge when he was taken off in the ambulance and thought whether he would get through this or not,’ said Mrs Johnson. ‘It had started to attack his lungs and his oxygen levels had dropped, so he was given medication and oxygen.’
Mrs Johnson spoke of her relief in receiving a message that her husband had been well enough to eat a meal and subsequently be transferred to a ward.
‘His appetite had been affected, so when he told me he’d enjoyed some cheesecake I knew that was a good sign – it felt like we’d come out of a storm,’ she said, praising the care provided by hospital staff.
‘They have been wonderful and I don’t know how to thank them,’ she said. ‘We really need them in a crisis like this and they all deserve a pay rise.’
As well as providing first-class care, Mrs Johnson said her husband had even been given an Easter egg by one of the nurses treating him.
Prayers were said in St Mary’s Parish Church on Easter Day, and Mrs Johnson said she had been touched by many goodwill messages.
‘The support from the parish and all over the Island has been unbelievable – I’ve had people I didn’t know telling me what David has done for them and wishing him a speedy recovery,’ she said.
Deputy Johnson was said by his wife to be in good spirits and already asking about issues relating to his role as a States Member.
‘I’ve sensed him going back into government mode, which shows that he’s feeling better, but he’ll need lots more rest once the doctors say that he’s well enough to be discharged,’ Mrs Johnson added.