Wednesday 1 April 2020 11:44 PM UTC
KOCHI April 2: In a huge relief for the Kerala administration, an octogenarian couple from Pathanamthitta, who tested positive for Covid-19, has now completely recovered.
The husband and wife, 93-year-old and 88-year-old respectively, were being treated at the Kottayam Medical College. They were infected by their son and his family who had returned from Italy during the last week of February.
Globally, Covid-19 patients above the age of 60 are generally categorized as “high-risk”.
They were already suffering from various age-related. Hospital authorities said that one point the husband’s condition deteriorated to a very severe extent. He had a heart attack and severe breathing trouble. He was shifted to the ventilator as a life-saving measure.
However, the doctors and staff at the Kottayam Medical College managed to save the couple’s life. Along with the seven-member team of doctors who led the treatment, 40 medical staff, including 25 nurses actively took part in various stages of treatment.
With this, all five members in the family are now completely cured of Covid-19.
During the course of treatment, the couple insisted on going back to their home and weren’t cooperating with the nurses.
The hospital administration ensured that the elderly couple were given special nursing care
One nurse who took care of the couple later tested positive for coronavirus. Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has spoken to the nurse and assured all support from the government.
The five from Pathanamthitta were given a warm send-off by the hospital staff, including doctors, nurses and other medical staff who treated them for 24 days.
Their doctors, Dr Ashis Mohan and Dr Sharat said the five patients have been sent home after their tests were negative.
They will be in strict home quarantine for two weeks. After which they will be brought in our ambulance and their samples will be taken again for testing for being 200 per cent sure that they have fully recovered, they said.
FAMILY THANKS GOVT, MEDICAL STAFF
Profusely thanking the entire medical staff on behalf of his family, one of the patient’s said he was grateful to the government, the doctors and medical staff who took good care of them.
“We were tense, my father was given counselling…I have only words of gratitude for all the staff who took good care of us.”
The family also thanked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister KK Shailaja.
“It was due to our ignorance, we made a mistake”, the youth and his parents, who had attended various functions and met relatives on their return, said.
They had taken two connecting flights from Venice in Italy to India on February 29 and had not reported to authorities on arrival.
Another relative said they never thought they would come out alive.
The hospital staff clapped and cheered as the five came out of the hospital. They were given a cake, dinner and a kit containing essential commodities.
Their home was disinfected earlier.
The Italy-returned family had been forcefully admitted to the general hospital’s isolation ward on March 6 and tests later confirmed that they had contracted the virus.
Two other relatives, staying with them had also tested positive.
Two other relatives of the Italian family had been discharged on Sunday.
The cases have been reported days after the southern state had successfully treated India’s first three corona patients–medical students from Wuhan who have been discharged from hospitals.
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