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A member of the medical staff gives reassurance to COVID-19 patient Haydar Sal in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Homerton Hospital. <br />
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Haydar Sal was the first patient in the second wave to leave the ICU alive. ''The worst thing was seeing the people around me die'', he said, ''I saw a lot of people beg every kind of God they could think of to survive''.<br />
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At the height of England's second wave of COVID-19 infections, the Homerton Hospital had around 30 COVID-19 patients in its ICU. The purpose built ICU at the Homerton only takes 10 patients, so another ward had to converted into a temporary ICU, known as the 'Escalation' ward, it had room for 20 patients.