“I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place. The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong,” he added.
Johnson, who had self-isolated in Downing Street for the days before going into hospital said it was “hard to believe” that his health had deteriorate so quickly and he could not understand why he was not getting better when he went into hospital.
“But the bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe. That was when it got a bit … they were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally,” he said.
Yesterday, Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds announced they had named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, with the name Nicholas chosen to honor two doctors who saved the prime minister’s life.