Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family ‘with him’ by bedside as hero fights Covid

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family is with him in hospital as he battles coronavirus.

The 100-year-old World War Two hero was taken to hospital on Sunday after needing help with his breathing.

Bedford Hospital released a statement on Monday night confirming his relatives are by his side.

It said: "Bedford Hospital continues to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

"At this time members of Captain Tom's family are with him.”

The hospital asked for “space and privacy” for the family so they “can focus on their father, grandfather and father-in-law”.

The Army veteran, who raised nearly £33million for the NHS, had been treated for pneumonia during the last few weeks.

He later tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to hospital on Sunday.

His family said he was being treated on a ward but not in an intensive care unit (ICU).

In a statement, his relatives said: "The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

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"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focussing on my father and will update you when we are able to."

A family spokesman said he had not yet received a vaccine because of the medication he has been taking for pneumonia.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan was among the well-wishers who sent messages to him.

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Capt Sir Tom shot to prominence after he walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown last April.

He set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.

In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted on Sunday: "You've inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also sent a get well soon message, adding: "You've been an inspiration to us all throughout this crisis."

According to the hospital's website, visitors are not permitted to the hospital due to current restrictions unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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