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Scouser dad ‘woke up with Scottish accent’ after six weeks on Covid ventilator
December 25, 2020
A Scouser dad started speaking in a Scottish accent after waking up from a medically induced coma while battling coronavirus.
Louise Oldham spoke of her husband's bizarre side effect after he was brought round from sedation.
Wayne "spoke with this weird Scottish accent" after spending six weeks on a ventilator.
Although Wayne and his wife can now look back with amusement, at the time he "barely survived" after contracting the bug.
The salesman was admitted to Aintree Hospital on October 5.
Louise told the ECHO she was so convinced her partner of 26 years and husband of 19 would die she planned his funeral, while trying to stay strong for their children Harvey, 19, and Freya, 15.
Wayne, 46, spent 11 weeks in hospital after the virus attacked his lungs, and described experiencing "constant nightmares" while in a medically induced coma on a ventilator.
The dad-of-two spent time in Aintree, the Royal Liverpool, Wythenshawe and The Walton Centre hospitals as Covid-19 wreaked havoc on his body.
Wayne, from Aintree, was a rare case that doctors took the last ditch gamble of hooking up to an ECMO machine – which takes over the function of the heart and lungs.
But after the fight of his life, Wayne was discharged from hospital to an emotional welcome on Monday night (December 21), with friends and neighbours providing a standing ovation from their doorsteps.
The couple told the ECHO how even after the immediate danger faded and Wayne was brought round from his medically induced coma – there was a long road ahead.
Louise described how the hospital arranged a video call with Wayne soon after he was taken off the ventilator.
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She said: "He was really groggy, really out of it. It was a bit distressing to see.
"We didn't know what was more upsetting, FaceTime with him when he was in the coma or when he was a bit distressed and delusional.
"He was trying to talk but because he's got this oxygen mask on he can't.
"At first he was quite delusional, he accused me of not coming to see him for 10 weeks and said he was going to run off and become a milkman, he called me everything under the sun.
"And when he took the mask off he had this strange accent, it sounded like a Scottish accent.
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"But it was still the best surprise ever because we didn't know he was coming off the ventilator when they arranged the Facetime call.
"It was great just to see the tubes out and everything.
"We told him how proud of him we were and how much we loved him, and how everyone was rooting for him."
Dad-of-two Wayne said he had been under powerful sedation while unconscious and the experience of coming round was traumatic.
He said: "When I woke up I was just like a madman. I was speaking in a Scottish accent.
"I could not move anything, I could only move my head slightly, I was paralysed.
"I thought I was not going to get better, I was experiencing chronic pain in my feet, I was in constant agony basically."
Wayne was suffering from nerve damage resulting from his extended period in a coma, meaning he needed weeks of rehabilitation to learn how to walk again.
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The musician, who in his spare time plays in a band called Heart & Soul, also feared he would no longer be able to play the guitar again due to numbness in his fingers.
But Wayne, who was a fitness and gym fanatic before contracting the virus, dug deep and powered through his physio, determined to get home in time for Christmas.
He said: "It was about just having that positive mindset to get well and to get home to the family to make sure they were alright.
"I was on a mission to get out before Christmas."
Louise said the support of her friends and neighbours has been invaluable.
She said: "My cousin Sue got us Team Wayne bracelets that me and the kids worse everyday and her husband, Paul, even drove to Wythenshawe hospital so Wayne could have his too.
"It was a way for us to be connected with Wayne, and they placed it at the side of his head.
"The staff were amazing, always asking how me and the kids were when I called, all my family have been so supportive as well as out friends, and our work places have been amazing too."