Staff at a Georgia hospital have been celebrating a 99-year-old woman who defeated coronavirus after spending more than two arduous weeks battling the disease.
Healthcare workers at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany lined the corridor to give Maude Burke — who is just a couple months shy of her 100th birthday — the send-off she deserved.
“This celebration was extra special,” the hospital wrote on Facebook, noting that Burke was the oldest COVID-19 patient they had discharged thus far.
“Her strength and determination are amazing, and we wish her well as she continues to recover,” the hospital said. “Thank you for being an inspiration, Ms. Maude!”
Mrs Burke’s granddaughter commented on the video, saying: “This brings me to tears. My granny….I love her SO MUCH! We prayed so hard for her. I can’t wait to see her.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this ‘Woman of God’ and to see her leaving this hospital is a blessing,” another added. “I am ecstatic for her and her family. May God continue to heal you every day.”
The U.S. now has over 800,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with some 45,000 deaths. Despite the tragic loss of life, many elderly and at-risk patients have miraculously pulled through.
Earlier this month, 89-year-old Pennsylvania resident, Jim Toth, was discharged from hospital after being placed on a ventilator for several days and coming close to death.
A month earlier, in Kirkland, Washington, another 89-year-old man named Eugene Campbell waved goodbye to his hospital bed having defeated COVID-19.
“We thought it was a death sentence, that there was no way he would survive,” son Charlie Campbell told USA Today.
But he did! Praise God!