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Granny,105, beat coronavirus in just five days

Pat Aldridge was admitted to Musgrove Park hospital at Taunton, Somerset having caught the coronavirus. Five days later the 105-year-old had beaten the viral disease.

An 105-year-old woman is one of the oldest people in the United Kingdom (UK) to survive Covid-19.

Pat Aldridge tested positive for the virus after suffering breathing difficulties and feeling weak.

She was rushed to Musgrove Park hospital at Taunton, Somerset, but conquered coronavirus within just five days.

Now Pat – who was born in Solihull in November 1914 – is back at her residential home.

She said: “I’m fine. I didn’t know about the virus, I didn’t know what it is. I’m the lucky one.”

Musgrove Park Doctor Benedict Morris 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 at 105 she is made of stern stuff and that’s what we saw when we met her.”

While data on the likelihood of Covid-19 fatality based on age is not complete, elderly people have a high chance of succumbing to the disease.

Great-great-grandmother Rose Heeley, from Parson Cross, in Sheffield, was given a guard of honour when she left Northern General Hospital at the end of May follow a bout of Covid-19.

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