Nicholas Synnott punched the air and hugged staff as he finally left hospital in Houston after eight months to return to the UK.
A British pilot punched the air with delight as he was discharged from hospital in Texas after being treated for coronavirus for 243 days.
Nicholas Synnott works for British Airways and was taken ill after arriving in Houston last March.
The 59-year-old was admitted to UT Health and Memorial Hermann Hospital in the city where he was placed on a ventilator and heart and lung machine.
He was treated there for eight months, with his wife Nicola, 54, by his side every day.
“Every organ of his body was affected by COVID-19. But yet, because his health was so good as a pilot prior to the illness, he could sustain all this and survive something as serious as this,” cardiologist Dr Biswajit Kar told ABC 30 News.