One of the country’s oldest COVID-19 survivors has been discharged from Mediclinic Cape Town, the hospital announced via its Facebook page. Bertha Meltzer (103) is making a strong recovery.

“We are excited to see that after being admitted with pneumonia and COVID-19, she is now recovered sufficiently for a marvelous discharge from Mediclinic Cape Town. Special moments during admission included zoom calls with her 80-year-old twin sons. We wish her all the best for her further recovery!” the hospital wrote.

103-year-old COVID-19 recovery at Mediclinic Cape Town

Mrs Bertha Meltzer, at 103, is one of our country’s oldest COVID-19 discharges. We are excited to see that after being admitted with pneumonia and COVID-19, she is now recovered sufficiently for a marvellous discharge from Mediclinic Cape Town. Special moments during admission included zoom calls with her 80 year old twin sons. We wish her all the best for her further recovery!

Posted by Mediclinic Southern Africa on Sunday, 2 August 2020

 

In July, Katherine Dorothy Newman (93) – affectionately known as Dorothy, Aunty Dorothy, or Ma Newman – also survived COVID-19.

She contracted the coronavirus while in the care of Huis Nuweland, an old age home in Cape Town, and spent just over a month in hospital between June 2 and July 3.

“Given her advanced age we are very grateful that our Mom has overcome this big challenge in her life. I would like to express the family’s sincere thanks and gratitude for the care provided by the doctors, health care personnel and home carers who have all contributed to her recovery and well-being,” said son William Newman said at the time of her release.

“Our thoughts also go out to the families of those who have not been as fortunate as our mom. To those who have been struck by this virus, I want them to take inspiration from our mom and to have faith and remain hopeful. To the doctors and health care workers and home carers – keep up the good work. You are the soldiers at the forefront of this unknown war being thrust upon the whole world.

“Also, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Presidency and National and Provincial Government Health Departments for their assertive leadership and provision of facilities to fight this pandemic.”

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Lucinda Dordley

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