A 98-year-old woman has recovered from the novel coronavirus after being diagnosed with severe lung infection and heart failure.
The former patient, Hu Hanying, was discharged yesterday along with her 54-year-old daughter, known by her surname Ding, who was also infected with the virus.
They were treated at the Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, an emergency coronavirus hospital built from scratch in the space of 12 days.
‘We didn’t think we would make it,’ Ms Ding tearfully told the press as she was leaving the hospital with her mother.
Hu Hanying was in critical condition when the mother and daughter were transferred to the makeshift hospital on February 13.
‘She had a high fever with burns on her skin when she came in,’ a medic told The Beijing News.
eviously, the oldest Chinese coronavirus patient to recover is 96 years old.
The elderly patient was also diagnosed with severe lung infections and heart failure.
Her condition gradually improved after being given round-the-clock care and a series of anti-virus treatment, according to reports.
She was allowed to leave the hospital after two consecutive nucleic acid tests came back negative.
As of yesterday, nearly 200 people had reportedly recovered after being treated at the Leishenshan field hospital.
Hu Hanying is two years older than the previous record holder, who had a full recovery after being treated in intensive care units for three days.
The patient, known by her surname Lu, was discharged in February from the Zhejiang branch of The First Hospital Affiliated to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, eastern China.
She had been transferred there from a local hospital and taken to intensive care units directly due to her severe symptoms and advanced age, the hospital in Hangzhou said in a social media statement.
The novel coronavirus has claimed at least 3,060 lives and infected over 89,700 people globally.
The killer virus has affected dozens of countries across the globe, with South Korea, Iran and Italy being the most-affected.
The number of people infected with the deadly virus in the UK jumped from 23 to 36 on Sunday, marking the biggest rise in a single day after 12 new cases were recorded in England and Scotland announced its first patient.
The EU has raised its coronavirus risk level from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ as Boris Johnson agreed to a UK-wide action plan.