Italy’s ex-head of government survived Covid-19. After his discharge from the hospital, he talks about his fear of death
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi jumped from death by the shovel and celebrated life in his own way: Immediately after his discharge from the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, where the 83-year-old was treated for ten days for his Covid 19 disease he faced the press cameras and microphones. Nurses filmed the celebrity patient from the window with their cell phones, who struggled with double pneumonia for days in the intensive care unit for his recovery.
He was scared to death, admitted Berlusconi, who otherwise maintains his winning image and the image of a man who never ages (through numerous cosmetic surgeries) so carefully. “The hardest were the first three days in the hospital. I was in pain everywhere, I couldn’t stay in the same position for more than a minute. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it,” the 83-year-old told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“Terrible pictures in the head”
“In those moments I had the terrible pictures from the hospitals in mind, which we have all seen in these months, the intensive care units, the intubated patients,” said the opposition politician, looking back on his first days in the clinic. “I have to say that I have never stopped – as in the past – to trust God for help and in the skills of doctors,” said the entrepreneur.
Berlusconi was considered a risk patient because of his age and some previous illnesses. He appeals to his compatriots to strictly adhere to hygiene measures. “A second wave would be a human, medical, and economic disaster,” he said.
At the same time, he encouraged people to believe in an improvement even with severe courses: “That is the advice I give to all sick people: Do not let yourself go, do not lose hope of recovery. You can defeat Covid.”
In Italy, more than 35,600 people have died as a result of a corona infection.