A devoted West Bromwich Albion supporter has fought back from a coronavirus-induced coma, after messages of support from the club were played out to him.
Peter George, a season ticket holder, first reported feeling unwell while attending the Baggies’ FA Cup tie with Newcastle United in early March and was taken into intensive care later that month, as his condition worsened.
Unresponsive and placed on a ventilator, his wife Teresa contacted the club via The Albion Foundation, the charity affiliated with the Midlands side. She asked for messages of support and also looked to play him songs associated with the team.
She asked her son to play the music played at the start of a home game, and in response she revealed her husband ‘moved’. Via the BBC, she said: “He told me once, he listened to the Albion music when they run on to the pitch and he feels his whole body lights up because he’s so excited to see them, so I got my son to play it to him…and he moved.”
West Brom then came back to Mrs George with recorded messages from club legends Chris Brunt and Bob Taylor, as well as another sent in from current manager Slaven Bilić.
Coupled with more music played by NHS staff, the messages seemed to spark movement from Peter. She continued: “Then the following night, Slaven’s message and more messages followed from the former players…and the nurses had to restrain him because his arms were going. I think he thought he was at a football match.”
Via the Express and Star, Bilić is revealed to have said in his video message: “We need you back at The Hawthorns. Make sure you fight this and come back to us.”
It didn’t end there, for the West Brom Former Players’ Association proceeded to continue arranging for a different club legend to phone Peter every day, with the likes of Jonathan Greening and Graham Williams sending in messages of support.
Thank you to these 2 for their messages, promotion winning captain Jonathan Greening and and stalwart of over 200 games Gary Robson, pic.twitter.com/jaW8L4JukI
— WBA Former Players (@WbaFormer) April 21, 2020
His condition improved over time and he was taken off the ventilator on 13 April, having made a full recovery from the virus. Now at home, Peter is now resting and looking forward to the next home game at the Hawthorns.
Via the Express and Star, his wife added: “I believe it brought Pete back. He was in a place where he didn’t know how to get back and it was those messages that boosted him.
“To be part of the Baggies family is amazing and we cannot thank them all enough. It’s things like this that make West Brom special. They are a special club who produce special footballers. I honestly don’t believe we would have got the same support from any other club.”