A 101-year-old man’s recovery from coronavirus in Italy has become a beacon of hope for a nation beleaguered by the global pandemic.
The man identified simply as Mr. P was rushed to the hospital last week after showing symptoms and tested positive for the virus in Rimini, Italy.
Although older persons are known to be more susceptible to the virus, Mr. P achieved a remarkable feat by recovering from a disease that has killed 9,134 Italians so far.
After making a full recovery, he left the hospital on Thursday.
The Deputy Mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi described Mr. P’s recovery as “extraordinary”.
According to her, it has sparked “hope for the future”.
“Mr. P made it. The family brought him home yesterday evening. To teach us that even at 101 years the future is not written.
“Mr. P was also born during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919, which ultimately took somewhere between 30 million and 50 million lives worldwide.
“At 101 years, he lived almost entirely through the past century and then had a glimpse of the new millennium. He has seen everything: war, hunger, pain, progress, crisis and resurrections.
“And then at the age of over 100 years, fate brought him this new challenge, invisible and terrible at the same time. … When the tragic news reports tell us daily of a virus that is dangerous above all to the elderly, there is hope for all of us in the story of a person of this age.”