The staff were overjoyed by his recovery and had a bittersweet moment as they saw him leave their care.
The pandemic has affected people of all races across all age groups but the demographic that's worst hit by the virus is the elderly. According to a recent Center for Disease Control data, more than 80% of the deaths recorded in the United States were either 65 or older. This number, although alarming, doesn't come as a surprise given the fact that old people tend to suffer from various underlying health issues and are prone to have compromised immune systems. Not in the case of this 100-year-old World War 2 veteran though, who has just declared a roaring victory against the Coronavirus, reports WCYB.
On March 24, Lloyd Falk became one of the first-ever Coronavirus patients to be wheeled into the HCA Healthcare's Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond after he showed symptoms of the deadly virus. He fought the virus for close to two months before finally receiving the hero's send-off when the time arrived for him to leave the facility. "Today, 100-year-old WWII veteran, Lloyd Falk, beats coronavirus after a 58-day stay at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Mr Falk was admitted to the hospital on March 24 as one of our first COVID-19 patients," the hospital wrote on its official Facebook page.
Things only got worse since he got to the hospital. While he was under treatment, he heard the news of his wife of 74 years passing away who had contracted the virus herself. "Despite losing his wife of 74 years to the virus a few weeks ago, Mr. Falk continued to stay strong, defying the odds and surviving his fight against COVID-19," the hospital said.
🇺🇸INSPIRATION: This is Lloyd Falk, a 100 yr. old WWII veteran who beat #coronavirus! During his 58 day stay @HenricoDoctors, Falk lost his wife of 74 yrs to the virus. Despite that crushing blow, he kept fighting. Here’s video of him getting a hero’s send off as he heads home!❤️ pic.twitter.com/ONp7UaHn8O— Anthony Antoine (@AnthonyNBC12) May 22, 2020
In a video uploaded along with the post, we can see the hospital staff honor Falk and his wife as they line up in the hallway, cheering him on as he is wheeled out of the hospital to commence the next stage of his rehabilitation and recovery. "We salute you, Mr. Falk. Your courage and resilience inspire us all. You know where to find us if you need us," the medical facility continued. “You’ve been so helpful, I really do appreciate it,” Falk can be heard saying. The video also shows Ryan Jensen, the CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, present Falk with a WWII veteran cap, which he happily wears as he is pushed through the hospital doors.
Heather Pitts, the nurse who regularly took care of Falk during his near-two-month stay, told 8News on Thursday that the staff were overjoyed by his recovery and had a bittersweet moment as they saw him leave their care. "All of us were just emotional. We were just so happy, you know, that he made it," Pitts said. "The fact that he went through all of that and then survived this virus as well, he truly is a fighter." The recovery was by no means easy as he suffered from chronic coughs, fatigue, and had very little appetite. This was a point of concern for the staff who started to believe he wouldn't pull through after all. Thankfully, he began to recuperate at an alarming speed recently. "Maybe three weeks ago he really started to turn around. His color looked better, he was able to feed himself and he had an appetite,” she said.
RECOVERY!! A 100-year-old World War II veteran, Lloyd Falk, has beaten the coronavirus after 58 days in a Virginia hospital. https://t.co/QDhXvgy65H— WGXA (@WGXAnews) May 22, 2020
Talking about Falk and his wife, the nurse said: "My team actually was able to squeeze both of them into this tiny little room before she passed so they could spend quality time together." Falk's incredible recovery is one of a handful of 100-year-olds who have successfully managed to recover from the virus with the oldest one being a 103-year-old woman from the Hubei province in China.
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