Author Michael Rosen out of intensive care, wife says

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Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen has been moved out of intensive care after “a long and difficult” 47 days, his wife said.

The children’s novelist and poet was admitted to hospital in London eight weeks ago.

Emma-Louise Williams said her husband was continuing his recovery on a ward and it “will take time”.

Rosen, 74, documented the early stages of his illness online, describing possible coronavirus symptoms.

In an update on Saturday, his wife tweeted: “Michael has been in hospital for eight weeks and I’m very happy to say he left ICU yesterday after a long and difficult 47 days.

“His recovery is continuing on the ward and will take time.

“He has done so well to get through this but please don’t expect him back here yet.”

The post was re-tweeted on Rosen’s Twitter account, alongside a comment praising “the amazing efforts of the lovely kind staff” at Whittington hospital in north London, where he is receiving treatment.

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Media captionBBC presenter Sophie Raworth reads These Are The Hands by Michael Rosen.

Rosen, who was Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009, detailed his early symptoms in a series of tweets.

On 22 March, he said: “Can’t stop my thermostat from crashing: icy hands, hot head. Freezing cold sweats.

“Under the covers for bed-breaking shakes.

“Image of war…

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