Princess Eugenie's Father-in-Law, George Brooksbank, Recovers from COVID-19

Chloe Foussianes
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After spending nine weeks in the hospital, George Brooksbank—Jack Brooksbank's father and Princess Eugenie's father-in-law—is recovering from COVID-19.

The 71-year-old contracted the virus following a trip to France, and his illness became serious enough to require hospitalization, five weeks on a ventilator, and a tracheotomy. For George and his family, it was a scary time.

"We were not able to see him throughout his treatment and more than once we were told to expect the worst," his wife, Nicola Brooksbank, told the Telegraph. (Nicola, 66, also had COVID-19, but a much less severe case.)

Thankfully, George is now recovering well. "I’m walking around at the moment on one stick and I hope to get free of that next week," he told the Telegraph. "My breathing is back to normal and I count myself extremely lucky."

In his interview, George heaped praise on the NHS. "The way I was treated was incredible. Nothing was too much trouble and at no point did I get a sense of a shortage of doctors or nurses or any impression that the service was in any way overwhelmed," he said.

"There was always somebody at hand. I want to offer profound thanks to everyone who was involved. It was a real eye-opener for somebody who has not been in hospital before for any length of time. I certainly owe them my life."

Nicola agreed, adding, "Without doubt, they saved him, and we could not be more grateful."

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