Britain’s longest hospitalized Covid patient is spending his third Christmas away from his family

Britain’s longest hospitalized Covid patient spends third Christmas away from his family as his brother hopes 2023 will be the year he finally comes home

  • DJ Steve Laviniere, 59, who has Covid, may be home for a long run next summer
  • Steve has been hospitalized since being diagnosed with Covid in March 2020
  • He suffered from multiple organ failure and encephalitis after his illness
  • Steve’s family is renovating his wife’s home and is optimistic that he will return in 2023

Britain’s longest hospitalized Covid patient has spent his third Christmas away from his family, but his twin brother is still hoping to go home this year.

Steve Laveniere, 59, and his twin brother Bobby, both popular London DJs, contracted the virus in March 2020 after they played 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 encephalitis and remains hospitalized. He cannot walk and must be fed through a tube.

Even though Steve has spent nearly three years in the hospital and requires around the clock care, Bobby says his brother’s resilience is “a miracle” and that “everything is going in the right direction.”

DJ Steve Laveniere, 59, who has Covid, has spent his third Christmas away from his family, but his twin brother is still hoping he will come home this year. Steve was photographed with his wife, Julie, before he fell ill

Steve contracted the virus in March 2020. He suffered from multiple organ failure and brain inflammation and remains in the hospital.  He cannot walk and must be fed through a tube

Steve contracted the virus in March 2020. He suffered from multiple organ failure and brain inflammation and remains in the hospital. He cannot walk and must be fed through a tube

Steve – who appeared in Kate Garraway’s ITV documentary, Finding Derek – was rushed to hospital with Covid just three days after then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson first locked down the UK.

Paramedics put the DJ into a medically induced coma and he suffered A rare neurological condition called acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy (AHLE).

Bobby claims that people with AHLE “don’t usually survive for a week” and believes it is a “miracle” his brother is still alive.

The family knows “things could be a lot worse” and are optimistic that they will bring Steve home this year.

“His spirit is still here, I know he can still hear us and we’re doing everything we can to get him home,” Bobby told The Mirror.

“In the last three weeks his wife has seen him wiggle his toe – little things like that show he can respond.”

He added, “It’s all going in the right direction. He’s out there fighting away, and I really know that.”

Bobby (left) — twin brother of Steve (right) — says his brother's resilience is

Bobby (left) – twin brother of Steve (right) – says his brother’s resilience is “a miracle” and that “everything is going in the right direction”

The two brothers, popular DJs on the London house music scene, had very different health outcomes after being diagnosed with Covid (Pictured: Bobby, left and Steve, right)

The two brothers, popular DJs on the London house music scene, had very different health outcomes after being diagnosed with Covid (Pictured: Bobby, left and Steve, right)

The family has been given permission to make renovations to the house where Steve (right) lived with his wife Julie (left) that would allow him to move back into the residence.

The family has been given permission to make renovations to the house where Steve (right) lived with his wife Julie (left) that would allow him to move back into the residence

Bobby told the newspaper that Steve visits the house for a few hours every eight weeks, but that his family now believes he could be home for the whole of next summer.

The family was granted permission to make renovations to the house Steve was living in with his wife, Julie, which would allow him to move back into the property.

Once the renovations are complete, Steve will be home on weekends at first. It’s unclear what his plan for home care will look like after that.

The family has raised over £35,000 in a fundraising appeal to help pay for the renovations. Bobby hopes they can raise an extra £30,000.

He says the “love and support” and family she received over the course of Steve’s treatment were “keeping me standing”.

Bobby is creating the Bobby and Steve Foundation, which he says will support people with neurological conditions.


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