By Joe McFarlane and Dan Coles


After a scary battle with Coronavirus, this father showed what it was like when he was finally moved out of a high dependency ward.

Claire Howes, 35, spoke about how it felt when her dad Kenneth, 60, was taken out of a high dependency ward in York Hospital.

Although Claire admits that Kenneth is one of the ‘lucky ones’ to survive the virus, knowing he was battling for his life in hospital was devastating for her family.

As he was wheeled out of the high dependency ward, Kenneth was applauded by the hospital staff in an emotional tribute.

Claire said: “This is my dad leaving high dependency unit to move to a less acute ward.

“We were utterly devastated, truly frightening and completely useless to help.

“In my excitement now, as my dad may get to be one of the lucky ones, I can’t help but hurt for the families not so lucky.

“This has been the most awful and most lovely thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”