Two people at each end of the age spectrum have become beacons of hope in Northern Italy, ground-zero for the coronavirus in Europe.
A 6-month-old baby and a 102-year-old woman have both survived the virus after each faced a long battle in hospital.
Little Leonardo has recently returned home in the municipality of Corbetta in the northern Italian region of Lombardy after winning a 50-day battle against COVID-19
The baby’s mum told local media: ‘I was worried a lot, especially at night. I do not wish that on any mother.’
The 102-year-old ‘Immortal’
Meanwhile, a 102-year-old Italian woman in Genoa, also in Northern Italy, has made a miraculous recovery after catching the coronavirus and spending 20 days in hospital.
Earlier this month, Italica Grondona came down with symptoms of the deadly virus and was admitted to hospital with mild heart failure but she has since been discharged with doctors saying ‘the virus surrendered in front of her.’
‘We nicknamed her ‘Highlander’ – the immortal,’ doctor Vera Sicbaldi said to CNN, who treated the woman in the San Martino hospital in Genoa, adding that Gorondona ‘represents hope for all the elderly people facing this pandemic.’
Records from Italy’s National Health institute show that the average age of someone to die after testing positive for the coronavirus is 78, making Grondona’s case particularly exceptional.
The doctors were so impressed with the case that they decided to study it deeper, although Sicbaldi admitted that the doctor’s themselves did ‘very little’ to cure Grondona.
Amazingly, Grondona was discharged from hospital on 26 March and is now in a care home.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Italy has registered 101,739 cases of COVID-19, 11,591 deaths and 14,620 recoveries.