Britain’s longest hospitalized Covid patient is spending a THIRD Christmas away from his family as his brother hopes 2023 will be the year he finally comes home
- DJ Steve Laviniere, 59, with Covid, could return home for good next summer
- Steve has been hospitalized since being diagnosed with Covid in March 2020
- He suffered multiple organ failure and brain inflammation after falling ill
- Steve’s family are renovating his wife’s home and are optimistic about her return in 2023
Steve Laviniere, 59, and his popular twin brother Bobby London House music DJs, contracted the virus in March 2020 after playing a gig in Madrid and were put on ventilators.
While Bobby was taken off the ventilator after seven days and took two months to recover from the virus, Steve suffered multiple organ failure and brain inflammation and remains in hospital. He is unable to walk and has to be fed through a tube.
Although Steve has spent nearly three years in hospital and needs round-the-clock care, Bobby says his brother’s resilience is a “miracle” and “everything is going in the right direction”.
DJ Steve Laviniere, 59, with Covid, has spent a third Christmas away from his family, but his twin brother still hopes he will come home this year. Steve is pictured with his wife, Julie, before he fell ill
Steve contracted the virus in March 2020. He suffered multiple organ failure and brain inflammation and remains in hospital. He is unable to walk and needs to be fed through a tube
Steve – who appeared in Kate Garrawayit is TVI documentary, Finding Derek – was admitted to hospital with Covid just three days after the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK in confinement for the first time.
The doctors put the DJ in a medical coma and he suffered a rare neurological disease called acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (AHL).
Bobby says people with AHLE ‘don’t normally survive a week’ and thinks it’s a ‘miracle’ that his brother is still alive.
The family know “things could be a lot worse” and are optimistic about bringing Steve home this year.
“His soul is still there, I know he can still hear us and we’re doing our best to bring him home,” Bobby said. The mirror.
“For the past three weeks his wife has seen him wiggle his toe – little things like that show he can react.”
He added: “Everything is going in the right direction. He’s in there fighting, I know that for a fact.
Bobby (left) – twin brother of Steve (right) – says his brother’s resilience is a ‘miracle’ and ‘everything is going in the right direction’
The brothers, popular DJs in London’s house music scene, had very different health outcomes following their Covid diagnoses (Pictured: Bobby, left and Steve, right)
The family have been granted permission to carry out renovations to the house where Steve (right) lived with his wife, Julie, (left) that will allow him to return to residence
Steve visits the house for a few hours every eight weeks, but now his family thinks he could come home for good next summer, Bobby told the newspaper.
The family has been granted permission to make renovations to the house where Steve lived with his wife, Julie, which will allow him to return to the residence.
Once the renovations are complete, Steve will return home for the weekends at first. It’s unclear what his home care plan will look like after that.
The family raised more than £35,000 in a fundraising appeal to help pay for the renovations. Bobby is hoping to raise another £30,000.
He says the ‘love and support’ and family received during Steve’s treatment ‘keeps me on my feet’.
Bobby is working to establish the Bobby and Steve Foundation, which he believes will support people with neurological conditions.