Great-grandmother, 92, survives severe bout of Covid-19 in the Philippines

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Published on August 26, 2020 - Duration: 00:14s

Great-grandmother, 92, survives severe bout of Covid-19 in the Philippines

A 92-year-old woman in the Philippines survived a severe bout of Covid-19 condition staying at home with her grandchildren taking care of her.

Antonina Gargoles contracted the virus on July 23 when she suffered weakness and difficulty breathing on August 6.

Kind doctors visited her home in Himamaylan City in Negros Oriental to check on her and found that she also had a lung diseases that was blocking her airflow.

The doctors asked that they admit Antonina to the hospital, but her family insisted that she stayed with them so they can properly take care of her.

Dr Kaye Marie Yap, one of the doctors assigned to the old woman's case, said: "I advised the family that Antonina should be referred to a tertiary hospital, however they refused.

"They wanted to be the ones to take care of Lola, considering her old age and bedridden status." Hospitals in the country face a crisis of congestion because of the rising cases of covid-19 so the medical workers agreed and gave the old woman's family some guidelines on how to take care of her.

Dr Yap provided her with medicine and monitored her from time to time.

She said that the old woman followed the instructions, which improved her conditions only two days after.

The doctor said: "Antonina was in good hands, under the care of her kind and loving family.

She is our inspiration in our struggle to fight this Covid-19 pandemic.

" When Antonina was tested for the virus again on August 23, her results showed negative and her symptoms were also gone.

Antonina, the oldest person in her town, said she survived the virus with the help of her family.

She said: ''I was never scared because I knew that my family would stay by my side.

I would not have survived without their love.''

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