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Chinese grandmother, 103, recovers from coronavirus after being treated for less than a week

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/03/2020 Emilia Jiang For Mailonline

A 103-year-old grandmother has recovered from the coronavirus following six-day treatment in Wuhan.

The centenarian, Zhang Guangfen, was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.

She is so far the oldest coronavirus patient to recover in China and two years older than the previous recorder-holder, 101. 

Ms Zhang was cured within less than a week because 'she did not have many underlying health conditions', her doctor Zeng Yulan told the local press. 

A video shows the former patient being escorted out of the hospital by a group of medical workers. 

The grandmother was diagnosed with the deadly disease on March 1 at Liyuan Affiliated Hospital of Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, Hubei Province of central China. 

She was in critical condition and could barely communicate with the medics when she was admitted to the hospital.

The nurses took turns to spoon-feed the patient and change diapers for her, said a matron, Liao Zhenhui, to local media Chutian Metropolis Daily.

Ms Zhang gradually recovered after being given round-the-clock care and nutrition therapy sessions, Liao added.

'The grandmother loved being complimented by the nurses,' the matron continued.

'She would smile and nod every time after I told her she looked pretty.'

Another centenarian who was infected with the coronavirus just after his 101st birthday has recovered after spending a week in hospital. 

a group of people in a room: A group of medical workers are seen escorting Ms Zhang out of the hospital yesterday

A group of medical workers are seen escorting Ms Zhang out of the hospital yesterday
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The former patient, known by his surname Dai, was discharged last week from Wuhan Third Hospital.

Mr Dai appeared to look 'very energetic' when he left the hospital, Li Lai, the matron told the press. 

'He often talked about his 92-year-old wife. He said he needed to get better soon so he could go home and take care of her,' Li Lai added. 

The former patient is seen in a video telling a hazmat-clad medic his age while he was leaving the hospital.

The medic, who appears to be surprised, gives the centenarian a thumbs up after realising how old the patient is.

China has been encouraging its citizens to resume to normal after the country has seen a steady decline in its new cases.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan yesterday for the first time since the city emerged as the centre of the coronavirus epidemic in January - a major sign that Beijing believes the outbreak is under control. 

The timing of Xi's visit indicates that China is ready to declare victory over the health crisis, which has killed at least 3,158 people in the nation and 4,325 worldwide, according to experts.  

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected nearing 120,000 people with a dozen of countries battling the worst outbreaks, including Italy, Iran and South Korea. 

There are 382 confirmed cases in the UK and six people have died. Many of the UK's 382 cases have been among recent visitors to Italy or from people who caught it inside the UK since Italy's outbreak began.

Health minister Nadine Dorries has today revealed one of her staff has now 'gone down' with coronavirus after she tested positive and went into self-isolation for the next fortnight as a MP she met last week was told by the NHS to stay at home. 


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