‘Remarkable’ woman celebrates 107th birthday after making full recovery from Covid-19

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A woman has been able to celebrate her 107th birthday outside of hospital after making an ‘amazing’ recovery from Covid-19 which saw her hospitalised for five days

Pat Aldridge, sitting with her birthday cake
Pat has been described as a ‘remarkable’ woman

A woman has become one of Britain’s oldest survivors of Covid-19 after recovering from the disease just in time to celebrate her 107th birthday.

Pat Aldridge spent five days in hospital where she needed intermittent oxygen.

But doctors were “amazed” as she made a full recovery and was able to be discharged and return home to Nynehead Court in Wellington, Somerset.

The day after her discharge, she was already back taking part in quizzes, coffee mornings, knitting and going for her daily walk around the care home grounds.

And she was able to enjoy proper birthday celebrations to mark her 107th year, which included a visit from her family in the morning before a party in the afternoon with staff and residents, plus a special cake baked for her.

Staff at Nynehead Court described Pat as a very sociable lady
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Home manager, Joanne Fenn, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Pat share her special day.

“She is a remarkable lady, who has reached a wonderful age.

“Pat said that although she doesn’t really eat cake she was looking forward to a piece of birthday cake. She loved her flowers but asked for them to be spread around the home for everyone to enjoy.

“She is an absolute delight to look after and enjoys nothing more than a lovely sing-song with staff and other residents.”

She made a full recovery just in time to celebrate her birthday
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Pat was born in Solihull on November 26 1914, four months after the outbreak of the First World War.

She was one of eight children and is the only one of her siblings to reach the age of 100.

Pat was married to her husband, Ken, for 52 years until she was widowed in 1990.

She lived independently in the community until recently when she decided to move to Nynehead Court to remain close to her friends.

Staff there had initially noticed she had low oxygen levels during her daily check-in April last year and was given antibiotics which didn’t improve.

She tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in hospital but says she didn’t need an oxygen mask.

She was put on oxygen and staff say that even on the morning after she was admitted she already wanted to get up and about to do everything for herself.

Pat encourages people to ‘take each day as it comes’
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At the time Pat said: “I did not have a high temperature until the night I was admitted to hospital.

“I wasn’t frightened of seeing hospital staff in PPE as I had seen staff at the home wearing it and I don’t really remember the moment I was told I had beaten the virus.

“But I am just pleased to be back amongst my friends at the home and I feel as bright as I can for someone my age.

“Since I have come out of hospital, I have enjoyed catching up with my knitting which I do every day and have also attended an in-house coffee morning and a quiz.

“I don’t remember much about the virus. But my advice to everyone else at the moment is just to take each day as it comes and appreciate the small things, whatever age you are.”

Staff at Nynehead Court described Pat as a “very stoical and resilient lady” who never complains and “takes each day as it comes.”

They added that she’s a very sociable lady who enjoys going to a lunch club on Wednesdays. She has previously put her long life down to her healthy diet which restricts sugar and fat, especially cake.

Musgrove Park Doctor Benedict Morris previously said he had concerns for Pat when her infection became clear.

He said: “We always worry about anyone who tests positive, particularly those who are a little bit older.

“You do worry but she is made of stern stuff and that’s what we saw when we met her.

“It was absolutely remarkable. She has made an amazing recovery.”

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