Age Is Just A Number: 98-YO War Veteran Defeats COVID-19 At Mumbai Navy Hospital
While senior citizens are highly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, over the past few months, there have been several instances?of elderly patients recovering from COVID-19.?
More recently, a? 98-year-old war veteran admitted to a naval hospital in Mumbai has defeated coronavirus.?
According to an ANI?report,?Sepoy Ramu Laxman Sakpal was admitted to the Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in Mumbai, in critical condition.
Sakpal is among India’s many elderly people who successfully managed to defeat the deadly contagion. Experts have said that the elderly population, especially those above 65 years of age, are more susceptible to contracting the virus.??
Sepoy Ramu Laxman Sakpal (Retd), a 98-yr-old war veteran, residing at Nerul was admitted to Naval Hospital Ship Asvini in a critical state; diagnosed with Pneumonia due to COVID a few weeks ago. His condition was successfully managed, leading to freedom from COVID-19: Indian Navy pic.twitter.com/pnlChbG4P3— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2020
The veteran's condition was successfully managed at the Naval Hospital, and he recovered from COVID-19 on Saturday (August 15) as India celebrated its 74th Independence Day.
Sepoy Sakpal, from the Mahar Regiment of the Indian Army, has witnessed everything - from the immediate aftermath of the 1918 Spanish Flu, to the current outbreak of COVID-19. ?
Sakpal was accorded a warm farewell at INHS Asvini. The facility is the primary naval healthcare centre for COVID-19, and looks after managing the care of serving and retired patients from the armed forces.??
Just last month, a similar report made headlines when a 100-year-old woman resident of Huvina Hadagali town in Karnataka’s Bellary district, recovered from COVID-19.
Hallamma described the infection as nothing more than a common cold. “Doctors treated me well. Along with regular food, I was eating an apple a day. The doctors are giving me tablets and injection, and I am healthy now. COVID-19 is like a common cold,” she told news agency ANI.
While we wouldn't recommend treating the disease as lightly as we do common cold, news of people recovering gives us all much-needed hope amid these harrowing times.