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A 100-year-old American World War Two veteran has beaten Covid-19 and managed to leave hospital after a 58 day battle with the disease. The good news was announced in a heartwarming video shared by the hospital where he received care:
Lloyd Falk lost his wife of 74 years to the virus, but refused to give up the fight and, after his release on 20 May, is now free and clear.
He was clapped out of the hospital by the very workers who had looked after him during his ordeal.
He was one of the first patients with the disease that was admitted to the Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond, Virginia back on 25 March, but left nearly 60 days later having defied the odds to fight back his illness.
A video shared by the hospital shows the health care workers clapping and cheering for Mr Falk as he finally left the facility to continue his recuperation and rehabilitation elsewhere.
In an emotional Facebook post, they wrote: "Today, 100-year-old WWII veteran, Lloyd Falk, beats coronavirus after a 58-day stay at Henrico Doctors' Hospital.
"Mr. Falk was admitted to the hospital on March 24 as one of our first Covid-19 patients. Despite losing his wife of 74 years to the virus a few weeks ago, Mr. Falk continued to stay strong, defying the odds and surviving his fight against Covid-19.
"This afternoon, the care team at HCA Healthcare's Henrico Doctors' Hospital honoured Mr. Falk and his late wife, lining up in the hallways and cheering him on as he was wheeled out of the hospital to begin his rehabilitation and recovery.
"We salute you, Mr. Falk. Your courage and resilience inspires us all. You know where to find us if you need us."
Speaking outside the hospital following her father's release, his daughter Laurie Coulter thanked the medical staff for not only helping him get well against after the illness, but also for guiding him through the incredibly difficult period after the loss of his wife.
She said: "I really thought so many times that he was gone, you know, I really did, and he just popped back up, you know.
"Thank you for all everything, all the tests and everything you've done for my father,
"And also helping him through losing his wife of 74 years. It was hard on him but all-in-all just wonderful, unbelievable. It's just amazing how luckily he survived."
It is thought that he will now continue his rest and recovery from the comfort of his own home.
As for the man himself, he said: "For the most part, you have been so helpful. I really do appreciate it."
Featured Image Credit: Henrico Doctors' Hospital
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