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tv   Survival  BBC News  January 3, 2021 10:30am-11:01am GMT

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many of today's showers will be falling more as rain with just a little bit of sleet mixed in. there will be some snow around too, but it is mostly going to be on fairly high elevations above, say, 300 or 400 metres elevation for the most part, across the grampians, the southern uplands, the pennines and the high ground in wales as well. so, as i say, for most of us, when these showers come through, it's more likely that you see rain. those showers are going to be extensive, then, for eastern scotland, coming right away across england and to wales too. best of the sunshine today, northern ireland, northern and western areas of scotland. but it stays cold wherever you are and feeling cold, particularly where we have these brisk onshore winds. now, overnight, we're going to start to grab some colder airfrom scandinavia. so those showers are going to tend to switch a little bit more to a wintry mix. so a little bit more snow mixed in with them over high ground, maybe a little bit getting down to the lower levels, frosty with a risk of icy stretches. and, again, temperatures probably getting down to about minus eight in the highlands of scotland. monday sees the same area of high pressure continuing to steer in these brisk and cold
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north—easterly winds. now, the air‘s a little bit colder through monday, so, again, you're more likely to see a bit more of a mixture of rain, some sleet and some snow in the showers. but there'll be some showers streams as well. this line looks to be particularly persistent in kent, so it looks like it'll be quite wet for some here. and there'll be another line of persistent showers going in across parts of yorkshire where over the high ground, the eastern side of the pennines, very locally, we could see some fairly significant falls of snow. and with that shower line lasting through monday night and into tuesday. again, there is a risk of some snow and some ice here. aside from those shower streams, though, there will be some dry and bright weather with some sunshine. but again, certainly a frosty start with a risk of icy stretches. and it stays cold throughout, temperatures three to five celsius on tuesday. in fact, for the rest of the week, there'll be little change in the temperatures. it is going to stay on the cold side with showers initially to start the week. but as we go through thursday and friday, we may well see an area of rain and snow begin to spread in from the north—west.
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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines: borisjohnson defends the phased reopening of schools and colleges in england, despite calls from teachers‘ unions and council leaders for all learning to move online. the prime minister admits that "tougher measures" may be needed in the weeks ahead. his comments come as liverpool's council leaders call for new national lockdown in the uk. india's medicines regulator gives the go ahead for two coronavirus vaccines — as it starts one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes. the oxford jab will be used alongside a locally developed vaccine. and israel leads the world with the highest rate of vaccinations — one in eight israelis gets a covid jab. now on bbc news, the remarkable story of how the 84—year—old explorer robin hanbury—tenison survived covid—i9.
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robin was one of the first covid—i9 patients into derriford hospital. he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison‘s toughest experiences yet. every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctors called us to say that actually, he is deteriorating further. his chances of ever recovering have now gone down to about 5%. i opened my eyes, saw the sunshine, saw the flowers and that was the moment when my life was saved by the healing power of nature. it's a long road back from something like that. essentially, his body was failing and i think having a goal, something to work towards is vitally important because it gives you a target to aim for and that goal can be as trivial or as ambitious as you want it to be.
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so this has been as big a challenge as any that i've done in my life, to get to the point where i could climb this mountain. i will make it to the top, because i believe everyone should have access to the same thing that saved my life. it must be lovely to have all this old footage of your dad just lying around the house. it's incredible, we've got reels
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from pretty much every expedition he's been on from the late ‘50s, through to just a couple of years ago. everything from the orinoco, the sahara and the siberian steppes and everything in between. i am so lucky to have been travelling with him on a number of those expeditions. so i've been coming down here a lot recently to look through the old footage and it's really helped to feel like he's not in hospital at the moment. but he is still on the farm with us, it's incredible to see how much he has achieved throughout his life. 84—year—old robin hanbury—tenison is widely recognised as one of the world's greatest living explorers. he's crossed continents by foot, boat. and jeep. leading expeditions of more than 120 scientists into the heart of remote jungles. i've been here for nearly 12 months now and the expedition has grown enormously
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since its original conception. what we are doing is to examine the rain forest, which is a vital and very little understood environment. probably the richest environment in the world and one which is disappearing with terrifying speed. robin has chronicled his life of adventure through a series of more than 20 books. his most recent book explores the major threats facing the world today, including pandemics. robin was one of the first covid—i9 patients into derriford hospital, having caught the virus whilst skiing prior to the lockdown. 36 hours after he was in hospital, he was heavily sedated and put on a ventilator. so one of the ways i've been keeping in touch with the family
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is with a family group chat. my son says he is praying and thinking of him. i can't really read them. sounds like he's getting the best possible care and lots of attention. you are so brave as well, louella. robin is a tough, old nut. i can't really read... we know he'll pull through. being in first means he has their full attention. he is in the right place, stay strong. sending huge love, he'll pull through. we love him, etc. yeah, there's lots of wonderful messages from people and he's still deep in the woods, but at least it's not worsening. that is so encouraging, sleep well. yeah, just lots of similar sorts of messages. yeah, he'll get there.
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robin and louella's farm on bodmin moor, one of cornwall‘s designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, is overlooked by cornwall‘s highest peak, brown willy. their shared love of nature drew the couple to the moor over 30 years ago. this is such a special place because we come here often together. robin's travelled all his life, to the most wonderful places and of course, your favourite place has got to be home, in the woods here on our farm. and it's very comforting and reassuring to visit it and think about being here with him. after two weeks in hospital,
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robin's kidneys fail. he is unconscious. the family can do nothing but wait as robin clings to life. but doctors tell them to begin to come to terms with a life without him. you never know how you are going to react when somebody you care about is so unbelievably ill and on death's door. and every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctor said to him, your lungs are filling up with fluid. we have two options, option one is we leave you and hope that you get better naturally, but the chances are at your age you almost certainly are going to die if we do that. 0ption two is, we sedate you, probably for ten days, try and drain your lungs but at your age you have about a 20% chance of survival. at this point the doctors call us and say, actually, he's deteriorating further. his lungs are still filling with fluid and they want to put a tracheotomy in. normally this is a relatively simple
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procedure, but because of his age there is a strong chance he'll die in surgery. the doctors want to make it really clear to us, even if he does survive that, his chances of ever recovering have now gone down to about 5%. and even if he does recover, he may well be bedbound, have severe cognitive impairment and never be the man that we knew who went into hospital about a month before. and they say we have some difficult conversations ahead of us when we may have to decide whether it's even worth continuing with treatment. i believe i'm alive. you are alive. you are definitely alive. after five weeks in intensive care, robin was wheeled into derriford hospital's healing garden with icu nurse, kate, by his side.
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i remember the first times he went outside and you feel fresh air and they see sun and they see flowers and it's like they kind of start to emerge out of... ..out of this dream. you could see he was looking at things and thinking, this is real, this is tangible. i feel safe. that was a real breakthrough for him in his recovery. my name is robin hanbury—tenison. i'm an 84—year—old explorer and i survived five weeks in intensive care with coronavirus. the moment when i actually woke up and i knew i was going to live was the moment when i was wheeled out by four nurses in a big bed with tubes coming out of everywhere and i arrived in the healing garden they've got at derriford. i opened my eyes, saw the sunshine, saw the flowers and that was the moment that my life was saved by the healing power of nature.
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he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison's toughest experiences yet. but here he is leaving hospital to the cheers of the nhs staff who cared for him. during the darkest days of his illness, robin's family had been told, if he did survive the impact of the virus would very likely be severe and long—lasting. it was quite a shock to be told that i might never walk properly again. recovery after intensive care is like a marathon. every step feels hard and challenging and it's made up of a million different components. so even learning how to swallow again is a big journey. sitting independently is a big journey. but robin had a goal. unthinkable, perhaps, to those around him, but a goal that drove him through his recovery. exactly five months from may
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the 3rd is october the 3rd. so i decided that on that day i would climb cornwall‘s highest mountain, brown willy, and try and raise £100,000 towards a garden at cornwall‘s hospital because i think every hospital in the country should have a healing garden in it, and let's start with cornwall. it was exciting to have him home but it was also quite nerve—racking as well. we were in lockdown for two weeks once he came home, so no one came near us. and that's quite scary, i'm not a nurse and i didn't know whether i was going to have to do major nursing or not. he was very thin and had lost about a stone and a half. so we had a lot of work to get him back on his feet again. he could hardly walk a few yards when he got home on a zimmer frame. it just takes a bossy woman and a certain amount of threats and he would do what i had told him.
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so we borrowed a mobility scooter, we borrowed an exercise bike and we have done a lot of exercises and short walks. it hasjust been really amazing watching his strength comeback, his muscle come back. he was very thin and a bag of bones when he got home. he gets very breathless still and even though his lungs are clear, i am not sure that anyone quite gets back to where they were after this, but he is fantastic and he is strong and determined and he has worked hard. what would you say to any other patient who is having to fight off this infection from the outset because they are literally climbing a mountain when it comes to the impact this infection
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is having on the lungs or the oxygen content of their blood and the overall impact physically of this infection. everybody has to have a goal when they are rehabilitating and when they are recovering. the journey that robin is going through at the moment in terms of his recovery following on from an infection like this is going to be no different to the journey that many patients across the country, indeed across the world, are going to be making at the moment. we are ecstatic to have him home and it is great to see him getting stronger and stronger every day. he is training for this feat. the weather is getting worse and he is a bit weaker than he was before and we are worried he might have bitten off a bit
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more than he can chew. my wife louella has been marvellous at encouraging me to do my exercises. and now that i am pretty well done with physio, we are concentrating walking long distances every day. throughout his life, robin has set himself tough challenges. for his 80th birthday, he ran his first marathon. but one the achievements he is most proud of is survival international, a charity which he established 30 years ago. the organisation fights for the rights of these once voiceless people. anywhere in the world where a new dam, high road of vast mining operation is planned and the blueprints cover lands occupied for centuries by tribal people, commerce comes before conscience and the indians are swept aside in the name of progress. survival international exists to temper that race for progress
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with patience and understanding. his friend and contemporary, sir fynes, is proud of what he has achieved. in my opinion, robin is one of the greatest explorers alive today and his legacy is one that does more for conservation and human rights. in addition to the sheer volume of his great adventures his far—reaching successes for various forms of conservation, include sterling work for the preservation of threatened rainforests. i am truly proud to have known my friend robin down the long years and i seize this opportunity to thank him for all his great works. it is the day of the climb. robin and the family are getting themselves ready for the journey from their home to the base of the highest point in cornwall,
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1,378 feet above sea level. get these boots on. absolutely, what a weather forecast. it is going to be quite a day. the ascent to the top of brown willy is a seven mile round trip and the terrain is difficult on the best of days. he is always pretty relaxed about this kind of thing and when the stakes are higher he gets more excited. a number of people have been phoning up saying, perhaps he shouldn't do it and he should postpone because of this storm alex is coming in. the met office have issued weather warnings that will come into force later. the met office reminds us how wet it was on the 3rd of october, that was the wettest on record, records going back to 1891. it is making me quite nervous and i will make sure we're well prepared and lizzie and i will make sure we will take survival gear we didn't
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consider taking before, so we will have exposure blankets, warm kit, hot drink and snacks. so if the weather does turn on the top, we can get him warm and dry and get him off the mountain very, very quickly. over the hills we could see as much as 120 millimetres, so a very wet spell of weather. we are likely to see some flooding building in through the weekend across these areas. here we are at the base of brown willy, the weather is horrible. my family is with me and of course we are going to make it. it has been a roller—coaster ride and with covid recovery it is a difficult thing for people to get over. they feel tired and breathless and he does feel tired and breathless still.
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storm alex has definitely come in and the weather is blowing and the rain is heavy but it is as good as we thought it might be. he is already heading up the hill like a schoolboy. he has raced ahead. he is full of beans and very excited. but obviously, we are taking it sensibly because the weather is making this even trickier. when i first started exploring, it was all about showing off about going further and more bravely than other people. a lot of explorers today still just do that. but i was lucky enough to discover causes, tribal people and rainforests. i now realise it is much more
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important for adventurers, people doing exciting things, to have a purpose which helps to save the world. make it a better place, because we haven't got time to do anything else. it is quite steep, steeper than i expected, quite a lot of rain and wind. we have had to shelter occasionally. the sun peeped through. we are getting near the top now and all my training is being taxed to the limit now. but i think i will make it. robin and his family have now passed the halfway point and have reached the steepest part of the climb. robin's training so far has never been further than a few miles at a time and never more than a stone's throw away from home. we knew it would be hard to get up here today because it has been windy, cold and wet and it's not been an easy climb for him and the fact
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that he is 84 is pretty incredible. as robin begins the final push, he starts to feel the effects of the climb. one of the ironies of having my life saved by waking up in the healing garden in derriford hospital, is that i have spent most of my life campaigning, fighting for rainforests and other wilderness areas in the world, because i believe they were important in their own right. but in the end it was the healing garden that saved my life.
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exactly five months after robin was released from hospital with coronavirus, he completed his challenge of climbing brown willy in aid of nhs healing gardens. it is a very, very important achievement for him. it is a challenge, but well worth giving him and he has done it. i am so pleased, i am so proud of him. he has done well. i am feeling fantastic because we've made it. thanks to louella dragging me up and the weather pushing me, i have done it. it is all in a wonderful cause for the healing garden, which saved my life. and for the one we hope to build. it is massive achievement for robin completing this and here at the hospital. these gardens make a massive difference to patients in intensive care in every hospital every day.
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it isjust phenomenal. when you take people outside after they have been in intensive care for a long time, even for a short length of time, you show them a blue sky or a grey sky and let them feel drizzle on their hands, it is incredibly moving. it is moving because it shows people that life is going to go on and there is life waiting for them outside intensive care and outside the hospital bed. it is anything you want it to be from a gym to where somebody spends their last hours of life, to a place where a married couple of 40 years can hold hands for the last time, to a place somebody can bring theirdog, where somebody can play basketball, staff can relax and talk about everything that is going on. it really isjust a space for people to be themselves.
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since the climb, robin has turned his attention towards helping his son in rewilding theirfarm in bodmin. kate was awarded a queen's birthday honour for her contributions and dedication to the nhs. completely overwhelmed. hello there. yesterday, we had some fresh snowfall across parts of east scotland, northern england in particular. this was one of our weather watcher pictures from yesterday showing the scene.
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think this is a country park near romiley in the stockport area. now, today, the air is a tiny bit less cold. you won't be able to feel the difference, but it does make a difference to the showers. many of today's showers will be falling more as rain with just a little bit of sleet mixed in. there will be some snow around too, but it is mostly going to be on fairly high elevations above, say, 300 or 400 metres elevation for the most part, across the grampians, the southern uplands, the pennines and the high ground in wales as well. so, as i say, for most of us, when these showers come through, it's more likely that you see rain. those showers are going to be extensive, then, for eastern scotland, coming right away across england and to wales too. best of the sunshine today, northern ireland, northern and western areas of scotland. but it stays cold wherever you are and feeling cold, particularly where we have these brisk onshore winds. now, overnight, we're going to start to grab some colder airfrom scandinavia. so those showers are going to tend to switch a little bit
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more to a wintry mix. so a little bit more snow mixed in with them over high ground, maybe a little bit getting down to the lower levels, frosty with a risk of icy stretches. and, again, temperatures probably getting down to about minus eight in the highlands of scotland. monday sees the same area of high pressure continuing to steer in these brisk and cold north—easterly winds. now, the air‘s a little bit colder through monday, so, again, you're more likely to see a bit more of a mixture of rain, some sleet and some snow in the showers. but there'll be some showers streams as well. this line looks to be particularly persistent in kent, so it looks like it'll be quite wet for some here. and there'll be another line of persistent showers going in across parts of yorkshire where over the high ground, the eastern side of the pennines, very locally, we could see some fairly significant falls of snow. and with that shower line lasting through monday night and into tuesday. again, there is a risk of some snow and some ice here. aside from those shower streams, though, there will be some dry and bright weather with some sunshine. but again, certainly a frosty start with a risk of icy stretches. and it stays cold throughout, temperatures three to five celsius on tuesday. in fact, for the rest of the week,
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there'll be little change in the temperatures. it is going to stay on the cold side with showers initially to start the week. but as we go through thursday and friday, we may well see an area of rain and snow begin to spread in from the north—west.
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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a growing row over schools in england — as councils urge the government to abandon plans for reopening primaries. but the prime minister insists schools should stay open across most of the country. as liverpool's council leaders call for new national lockdown in the uk, borisjohnson admits that tougher measures may be needed to control the virus in the weeks ahead. it may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country. i don't...| mean, i'm fully, fully reconciled to that and i bet the people of this country are reconciled to that.

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