Discharge of 93-year-old COVID-19 patient brings hope and cheer to Istanbul hospital

  11 April 2020    Read: 1277
Discharge of 93-year-old COVID-19 patient brings hope and cheer to Istanbul hospital

Alye Gündüz, a 93-year-old patient who has successfully recovered from the novel coronavirus following 10 days of treatment, has been discharged from an Istanbul hospital to the cheers and applause of medical staff, Daily Sabah reports.  

Her recovery from the virus, which is especially lethal to the elderly, has offered a ray of hope to health workers at Istanbul's Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty Hospital as they battle the outbreak, which risks hitting Turkey hard.

"It is promising because patients at this age and with chronic diseases are most of the time unable to recover because they are at the highest risk of COVID-19," chief physician Zekayi Kutlubay told AFP.

"That a 93-year-old woman walking out of intensive care sound and safe is inspiring for us, as well as for other coronavirus patients of her age."

Gündüz, a farmer from Turkey's southeastern city of Batman who also suffers from hypertension, was taken to hospital on March 31 with complaints of a high fever and stomach ache. She was discharged on Friday.

"I wish a speedy recovery to everyone," the elderly woman said as she was helped by her grandson.

Turkey has registered more than 47,000 COVID-19 cases – ranking it among the 10 most infected countries in the world. It has recorded over a thousand deaths and the disease is spreading fast.

 


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