He’ll be home for Christmas.
Britain’s longest-suffering coronavirus patient — hospitalized for 222 days, or nearly eight months — is a father of five whose family more than once refused to let him be taken off life support, according to the Mirror.
Now their faith in dad Ali Sakallioglu, 57, has been rewarded.
“I was given zero chance of survival, so it feels like a miracle to be able to celebrate Christmas,” he said.
“On three different occasions they phoned my daughter and told her to get everyone down because I wasn’t going to make it,” he recalled.
Now, he said, “I can’t wait for Christmas – I have to be careful as I want to be here next Christmas.”
The cabbie will be sitting down to dinner on the holiday with his girlfriend, one of his sons and the son’s girlfriend at the family’s home in South London.
He’s also eager to be vaccinated against COVID-19 so he can go back to work.
“I’d encourage everyone to get it,” Sakallioglu said of the vaccine.