Author Michael Rosen, 74, leaves intensive care after ‘long and difficult’ eight weeks in hospital
- The Children’s Laureate author was admitted to hospital in late March
- It is not confirmed whether Mr Rosen has been suffering from coronavirus
- He spent 47 days in intensive care at Whittington Hospital in north London
- Mr Rosen’s wife tweeted the news he left intensive care and thanked NHS staff
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Author Michael Rosen, who penned several children’s books including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, has left intensive care after 47 days.
Mr Rosen was admitted to Whittington Hospital in north London during the final week of March after suffering from coronavirus-like symptoms and was rushed into ICU on March 29 after his health deteriorated.
His wife, Emma-Louise Williams, tweeted on Saturday that the two-time Children’s Laureate winner had come out of intensive care and will continue his recovery in the hospital ward.
Two-time Children’s Laureate winner Michael Rosen (pictured) has left intensive care after eight weeks in emergency treatment. It has not been confirmed whether the author had been suffering from coronavirus
Mr Rosen has spent eight weeks in Whittington Hospital, north London since being admitted in late March. He will continue his recovery in the hospital ward
However, it has not been confirmed whether the author had indeed contracted coronavirus, with Mr Rosen confirming himself back in March that it may have been a heavy flu.
Ms Williams, who works as a radio producer, published on Twitter: ‘Today Michael… has been in hospital for eight weeks and I’m very happy to say he left ICU yesterday after a long and difficult 47 days.
‘His recovery is continuing on the ward and will take time.
‘He has done so well to get through this but please don’t expect him back here (on Twitter) yet.’
Mr Rosen’s wife also tweeted from her husbands account, praising the ‘lovely’ NHS staff at Whittington Hospital for their ‘amazing efforts’.
Mr Rosen’s wife, Emma-Louise Williams, tweeted the news that her husband had left intensive care and also thanked the NHS staff from the author’s own Twitter account
On March 22, the author complained of his illness on social media, tweeting: ‘Can’t stop my thermostat from crashing: icy hands, hot head. Freezing cold sweats. Under the covers for bed-breaking shakes. Image of war hero biting on a hankie, while best mate plunges live charcoal into the wound to cauterise it.’
A day later, he appeared to question whether he was suffering from COVID-19 with the following Twitter post: ‘Have had no chest pains. No persistent cough. So all along it could have been a heavy flu and not corona. Today the fevers are ebbing. In their place a deep muscle exhaustion. In every corner.’
Mr Rosen, who won the Children’s Laureate in 2007 and 2009, also wrote the children’s novel Little Rabbit Foo Foo.
He also wrote a poem about the NHS in 2008, which began: ‘These are the hands / That touch us first / Feel your head / Find the pulse / And make your bed.’