84-year-old man recovers from COVID-19 in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 25 | Publish Date: 9/25/2020 12:45:40 PM IST
An 84 years old man, recovered from the viral infection and was discharged from the privately run Bethany Hospital here on Friday, making him Meghalaya’s oldest Covid-19 patient yet.
The octogenarian, who had low blood cell counts (leukopenia and thrombocytopenia), was admitted on September 11 with profound fatigue, breathlessness and fever and tested positive for COVID-19. “His HRCT chest showed bilateral COVID pneumonia features and ECG showed ventricular premature complexes,” Bethany Hospital spokesperson,  Dr Kyntiewlang Sanmiet said.
“He has comorbidities namely hypertension, megaloblastic anaemia and prostatomegaly. He also had low blood cell counts (leukopenia and thrombocytopenia) for which he was undergoing treatment. His story shines a light of hope in all of us overcoming this battle as a state and community,” the spokesperson, who is himself a qualified physician, said.
“It’s always wonderful to see people affected with COVID-19 recovered. We continue to celebrate with our COVID-19 patients whenever they recover and get to go home from our hospital. But this celebration was extra special because this patient, at 84 years old, is the oldest in the state to recover and be discharged,” Sanmiet underscored.
“His strength and determination are amazing. He was put on high oxygen support for the first six days and other treatment after which he improved symptomatically and became better,” he informed. The elderly patient was hospitalized for 14 days after which he recovered. As the octogenarian left the hospital, doctors and nurses at Bethany Hospital  lined the hallways to cheer on as he was wheeled out and discharged after his test results returned negative on the 13th day.
“We would like to thank our doctors, nurses and all medical staff for their relentless efforts and selfless dedication and for working tirelessly to provide quality care to all our patients with compassion and commitment,” Sanmiet said.
On Thursday, a 73-year-old COVID-19 positive man, who was also suffering  from other ailments, had been discharged from the same hospital following treatment and testing negative for the virus.  


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