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Radio listeners in tears as dad-of-two, 58, given ZERO per cent chance of surviving coronavirus is to return home

A DAD-of-two who fought for his life with coronavirus is finally set to return home - leaving radio listeners in tears.

Mal Martin, 58, spent 61 days on a ventilator and 80 days in ICU as he battled the killer bug, with docs giving him a zero per cent chance of survival.

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Mal Martin with wife Sue, son William and daughter Hana
Mal Martin with wife Sue, son William and daughter HanaCredit: Wales News Service
The family were given ten minutes to say their 'last goodbyes' to dad Mal
The family were given ten minutes to say their 'last goodbyes' to dad MalCredit: Facebook
Sue Martin pictured with husband Mal before his coronavirus battle
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Sue Martin pictured with husband Mal before his coronavirus battleCredit: Wales News Service

In April, Mal was given just ten minutes to say goodbye to his wife Sue, 49, and their kids Hana, 16, and William, 14, over FaceTime before being put into an induced coma.

Months later, the brave dad and chairman for a recruitment firm in Cardiff, has made a miraculous recovery, with his wife bursting with joy to have him home.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today, Sue Martin said: “Medics worked at simply keeping Mal alive, giving his body a chance of fighting the virus.

"For six weeks we existed in a sickening limbo and nightmarish rollercoaster ride.

CRITICAL CONDITION

"Mal remained critical with a much greater chance of him dying than pulling through.

"Eventually he tested negative but the virus had left him extremely weak."

The mum-of-two explained how medics "painfully and slowly" weaned Mal off his ventilator, adding: "Unable to expel strong sedatives from his system, he seemed to take forever to wake up, with additional complications like recurrent infections along the way.

"When Mal eventually woke up he was so weak he could only respond by blinking."

“The very first time we facetimed him was horrific. He was lying there, lifeless.

"His eyes were open but he wasn’t really seeing.”

Although Mal has recovered from coronavirus, the dad-of-two will now have to endure the bug's horrific aftermath, going through surgery to amputate part of both his thumbs due to lack of blood circulation.

Focusing on the positives, Sue said: "That’s a small price to pay and he was never any good at texting anyway so he’ll just have to use voice control from now on.”

'FINAL GOODBYES'

The miraculous news comes after daughter Hana gave a brave interview in April recalling her 'final goodbyes' with her dad.

She told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat at the time: "The state that he was in, it was just horrible to see my dad like this.

"He was swollen, his hands swollen, you could see his arteries, his veins."

Speaking of her final conversation with her dad on FaceTime, just hours before he was put on a ventilator, she added: "He said he'd make it through as it wasn't his time.

"It was at that point calling him and then realising this could be the last time we ever speak to him."

But Mal's strength is now building and according to Sue, he is walking up flights of stairs unaided.

The proud wife told listeners her husband is "getting stronger everyday" and his goal now is to watch son William play rugby from the pitchside.

Sue pictured with husband Mal and son William
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Sue pictured with husband Mal and son WilliamCredit: Wales News Service
Sue left radio listeners in tears as she told of Mal's battle
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Sue left radio listeners in tears as she told of Mal's battleCredit: Wales News Service
The family will finally be able to live together at their home in Cardiff
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The family will finally be able to live together at their home in CardiffCredit: Wales News Service