The heartwarming moment one of Britain’s oldest coronavirus survivors, aged 102, left hospital after defeating the deadly disease has been caught on camera.
The poignant footage shows great gran Vera Beeley exiting the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, South Yorks, to a standing ovation from dozens of doctors and nurses.
The centenarian was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Easter Monday after being admitted to hospital from her care home the previous day after complaining of a cough.
She spent a week bravely battling the disease, which has claimed the lives of more than 15,000 Britons, before being given the all clear on Friday April 17.
Vera, a retired cleaner from Sheffield, has two children, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Her daughter Irene Whitehead said: ‘She is a little fighter and we are all over the moon that she has beaten Covid-19.
‘She has always been a very strong willed lady and that hasn’t changed.
‘We used to ring the hospital every day and they were just brilliant with her, it’s just amazing at her age that she has recovered from this awful virus.’
Northern General Hospital is a Major Trauma Centre managed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at the Trust, said: ‘I am thrilled to hear that Mrs Beeley has recovered from Covid-19 and I wish her and her family all the best.
‘Thank you to our fabulous teams who are working hard to provide the best possible care to our patients at this extraordinary time and continue to strive to deliver the best experience and outcomes for patients like Mrs Beeley, despite the current challenges that they face.’