101-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Brit To Beat Coronavirus
The oldest Brit to beat coronavirus so far is a 101-year-old grandad, who was sent home from hospital yesterday (9 April).
Keith Watson had been fighting the illness for two weeks and was discharged in his wheelchair after beating Covid-19.
According to statistics, elderly people are the worst hit by the virus, with more than a quarter of those who have it who are over 80 years old needing to go to hospital if they get it.
Keith's proud grandson, Benjamin Watson posted on Facebook, saying: "My wonderful Grandad at 101 contracting Coronavirus and beating it. What an absolute trooper!
"Thank you to everyone at the NHS. Can't wait to see him when this is all over x".
This is Keith, he's 101 years old.
He went home today after beating Coronavirus! :raised_hands::pray:
Well done to everyone on Ward 12 at the Alexandra Hospital for looking after Keith so well for the past two weeks! :clap: pic.twitter.com/RulkeN1pTa
- Worcestershire Acute NHS #StayHomeSaveLives (@WorcsAcuteNHS) April 9, 2020
Worcestershire NHS Trust posted the good news on Twitter - a much needed pick-me-up for us all. He can be seen with frontline workers from the hospital, giving the thumbs up.
An NHS worker drove him home, saying he felt 'honoured' to have helped the centenarian.
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Speaking to The Sun Online, Luke Serrell, a volunteer ambulance driver, said: "I volunteered to transport positive patients in our ambulance as there is a lot that are beating the virus and want to go home."
"I feel honoured to be doing this as there is so much going on and it is great seeing the survivors of Covid-19 especially Keith as he is 101 and he is such a great bloke to chat to.
"It is scary times but I'm proud to be on the front line helping."
Bosses at the hospital praised staff for doing such a good job and called Keith's recovery a 'morale boost'.
Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Worcestershire NHS Trust, said: "Our staff across all our hospitals are doing a magnificent job in working to put patients first through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the NHS.
"This includes frontline staff working under tremendous pressure looking after Coronavirus patients and also those working tirelessly behind the scenes to support them.
"We are delighted that Keith could be safely discharged home. This is a huge morale boost for our staff who are working day in day out to provide the best possible care for our patients.
"It is important that local people do everything they can to reduce the pressure on our hospitals by following the latest social distancing guidance and maintaining scrupulous hand hygiene."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/WorcsAcuteNHS