Father-of-eight fights for life in Covid coma after being infected while waiting for another jab as family ‘broken beyond words’

A FATHER-to-eight is fighting for his life in a coma after capturing Covid while waiting for his second jab – leaving his family “crushed without words”.

James Grayson from Frimley, Surrey, tested positive for the bug after collapsing at home and was rushed to hospital.

James Grayson, 41, is fighting for his life in a coma after capturing Covid


James Grayson, 41, is fighting for his life in a coma after capturing CovidCredit: Facebook
The eighth father's wife Becky says he 'shows no signs of improvement'


The eighth father’s wife Becky says he ‘shows no signs of improvement’Credit: Facebook

His broken family says the 41-year-old’s chance of survival is 50 percent – and doctors have warned that he may never fully recover.

James’ heartbroken wife says she is an “absolute emotional wreck”.

The 40-year-old told the Mirror: “James was never bad and never had a day off from work in his life. It’s heartbreaking to see him like that.

“He shows no signs of improvement. The doctors tell me his survival rate is 50 percent.

“I’m an absolute emotional wreck. We’re in absolute hell.”

James – who had no underlying health condition – was waiting to get his second sting when he was infected on October 19th.

Since he tested positive, he has suffered other complications, including a collapsed lung, sepsis, blood clots and pneumonia.

His eldest daughter Ebonnie, 21, said: “We are all crushed without words.

“He was really healthy, he went to the gym all the time. We had never thought anything like this could have affected him so seriously.”

James has been transferred to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where he is on one of the UK’s five specialized Ecmo machines – which take over the work of the heart and lungs.

Ebonnie has started a fundraising site, as father-of-eight – who works as a carpenter and window fitter – will need a customized home.

“If my father survives this, his life will be very different,” she wrote on the page.

“His recovery will take years and he will never fully recover.

“The biggest sadness in all this is that my father has always been a very hard-working family man.

“He’s been a great father to us eight kids.”


It comes after Sajid Javid unveiled mandatory face masks in stores and public transport will return from Tuesday in an attempt to combat the new Covid variant.

The health minister confirmed the move this morning, warning that floaters could face fines after the first two cases of the Omicron strain were reported in the UK.

Speaking to Sky’s Trevor Philips on Sunday, Mr Javid admitted that “we will never defeat” Covid when the government launched a new crackdown on the virus.

He has asked the government’s vaccine advisers, JCVI, to expand the booster program, which is currently open to anyone over 40.

Two cases of the new Omicron superstorm were confirmed in the UK yesterday – triggering fears that the country could be thrown back into lockdown during the festive season.

But Mr Javid has insisted that Britain “is nowhere near” full lockdown and that Christmas will be “fantastic” despite panic over the variant.

Omicron – discovered a few days ago in southern Africa – has been declared the worst variant yet by an expert, while there are fears that it may reduce vaccine protection over time.

Britain is ‘nowhere near’ a full lockdown and Christmas will be ‘good’ despite Omicron panic, says Sajid Javid

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