One of Britain’s oldest Covid survivors recovered in time for 107th birthday

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, Mirror reports.

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."

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.

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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.

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.

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