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ARGENTINA | 14-07-2020 15:28

101-year-old discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19

A 101-year-old woman discharged from hospital, 36 days after she was first hospitalised with Covid-19.

A 101-year-old woman who had been infected with Covid-19 has been discharged after spending 36 days at the Central Aeronautical Hospital in the capital, the Air Force confirmed Tuesday.

Irene Bindi was applauded out of the hospital and given flowers by doctors and nurses at the hospital in Nueva Pompeya, Buenos Aires City, as she left after her long stint under observation. 

Her tale provides a rare moment of joy in the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken almost 2,000 lives in Argentina since the outbreak began.

"We share the joy of the staff of the Hospital Aeronáutico Central (HAC) when they discharged the 101-year-old patient Irene Bindi, who was hospitalised after being diagnosed with coronavirus," the Air Force said in a post on its Facebook page.

The hospital also shared a video taken by an observer that recorded the moment Bindi was given a bouquet of flowers as she left the institution after receiving authorisation to depart.  

Healthcare professionals and workers also shared a photo from the moment on WhatsApp groups, with an accompanying message that read: "She, her flowers, her 101 years. For some it will be something small, for her we were everything in these 36 days that she surpassed Covid-19.”

Health Ministry officials say 103,252 confirmed cases have been registered in Argentina to date, with 1,926 fatalities, of which the vast majority are elderly. More than 90 percent of all cases have been recorded in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, where around 14 million live.

– TIMES/AFP

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