WATCH: Spanish 101-year-old leaves hospital after beating coronavirus

WATCH: Spanish 101-year-old leaves hospital after beating coronavirus
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Every day of the coronavirus we have been covering the bad news; the rise in deaths, the crisis-hit hospitals, the desperate tales of health workers struggling to do their jobs, so it is a rare pleasure to be able to bring you a happy news story, one of beating the coronavirus against all odds.

Well two in fact, for on Tuesday came the welcome news that two of Spain’s oldest patients who had been confirmed with the coronavirus had overcome it and were sent home.

The statistics of recovering from the coronavirus aren’t great reading when it comes to the elderly, so it was with great joy that health workers gave the all clear on Tuesday to Encarna Buisán, a woman aged 101.

The resident of Biescas,a town nestled in the Pyrenees near Spain’s border with France is thought to have contracted COVID-19 after attending a funeral in early March and by mid-March she was admitted into hospital and her family told to prepare for the worst.

But two weeks later, the woman who had become the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the region of Aragon, had recovered fully from the ordeal.

A video was released showing the emotional moment of her discharge when she was applauded by all the health workers as she was wheeled from the hospital ward.

“I want this to give hope to everyone, to see that Mum, who was admitted when she 100 years old and had her 101 birthday here, has come out the other side. It is possible to get over this because she has done it,” said her daughter Mari Carmen, who went on to thank the incredible work of hospital staff at the San Jorge hospital.

At the other end of the country, medical staff celebrated another success story with the discharge of 98-year-old Antonio Magdaleno Martínez.

Given his advanced age, there was little hope that he too survive after being to Sevilla's Virgen del Rocío hospital and testing positive for Covid-19.

But after a fortnight on a ventilator he was given the all clear to return to the Fundomar nursing home where he was greeted by rapturous applause from staff. 


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