At one point Grant McIntyre was the sickest coronavirus patient in Scotland, in a coma for 50 days as he clung to life in the most specialised area of intensive care.
Now, a year after catching Covid-19, he climbed a Munro to pay tribute to the teams who saved him in an expedition giving hope to other seriously ill patients and their families. He scaled the Cairnwell Munro near his Perthshire home two weeks ago, accompanied by his friend Peter Richardson, son Cameron and step-daughter’s boyfriend, Mark Shaw.
Professor McIntyre, 50, the head of Dundee Dental Hospital, said: “When I reached the top I looked north to Aberdeen and east to Dundee and thanked them both for saving my life.
“It was a tough climb on a bitterly cold and unforgiving day but I was determined to do it. I am back at work treating patients thanks to the enduring care of others.”
McIntyre spent 50 days in a coma and 128 days in hospital, at Ninewells in Dundee and Aberdeen Royal, after contracting coronavirus. His gruelling recovery included tortuous months of rehabilitation where he had to learn to walk again.
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