"My son is looking after me now. I’m feeling reasonably well"
A 98-year-old woman stunned doctors by recovering from Coronavirus. Her son had feared the worst but is relieved to see his mother at home.
Daphne Shah, of St Madoes, Scotland, was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with a high temperature, persistent cough and breathing difficulties.
Wesley Shah said: “When she left in the ambulance, I honestly never thought I’d see her again.”
Mrs Shah tested positive for Coronavirus and spent five days in hospital before being discharged with medication on April 6, 2020.
Mr Shah stated that he wants to “tell the world” that the very elderly can recover from the virus.
He said: “They had never come across a person of nearly 99 who has recovered from the virus.
“The NHS in Scotland have always been top, but this time around they have just been unbelievable.”
He revealed that his mother had been “relatively healthy” until her recent symptoms.
Mr Shah had originally called a doctor and paramedics. She was prescribed antibiotics but when they did not work, she was taken to hospital.
Mr Shah admitted: “She will be 99 in July, I really wanted her to get to 100 to get the telegram from the Queen.
“I thought it would be a shame if COVID took her life before then because she was doing so well.”
Mrs Shah initially struggled to understand what was happening as there were no visitors in hospital.
She received support from her local church and Mr Shah received multiple calls a day from Ward 11 at the hospital, updating him.
He said of Ward 11: “They are a fantastic outfit and they will do everything they can for you. It’s unbelievable.
“As soon as this is all over, the first place I will go is to Ward 11 to thank everybody.”
At home, Mrs Shah said:
“I was well looked after and made it home in time for tea on Monday.
“My son is looking after me now. I’m feeling reasonably well now, but I don’t want to say too well.
“Having a celebratory party in July sounds like a great idea.”
Mrs Shah has lived in St Madoes for 20 years. She is originally from Kochi, India.
BBC reported that her recovery story was even mentioned by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
She said: “I often, as I have done today, talk about those who have lost their lives from this virus but in these really tough times it is important we don’t lose sight of good news so I want today to pass on my very best wishes to Daphne Shah.
“Daphne is 98 years old and she has been receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”
“Note that I said she ‘has’ been receiving treatment. Daphne has now recovered from this virus and she is back at home.
“Her recovery is an inspiring and very welcome good news story but it is also a reminder that even in dark times there is always light and hope and I am sure all of us wish Daphne very well.”
Mr Shah added: “I just want to get in touch with the world to say, look, I know this is a serious issue with the Coronavirus.
“My message is – if a 98-year-old lady can fight this off, so can you, whatever your age is. Stay positive.”