A 114-year Old Ethiopian Man Survives COVID-19 Infection

By Staff Reporter

Aba-Tilahun-Covid-19June 27, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- A 114-year old Ethiopian man has survived a coronavirus infection and was discharged from Eka Kotebe COVID-19 treatment center in Addis Ababa.

The recovery of Priest Aba Tilahun created a bright moment for doctors who were battling the pandemic at the front line in the treatment center where the majority of COVID-19 patients in Ethiopia are being hospitalized.

Dr. Yared Agidew, one of the doctors who treated the old man, posted on his Facebook page about the man's remarkable recovery after being admitted at the hospital with the virus which is usually fatal for patients who are over eighty years old.

According to Dr. Yared, the patient is no longer requiring hospitalization. He praised the effort of Ethiopian health workers in saving the old man's life

"It's is like today that really keeps our spirits up because it’s so nice to hear people are getting better and able to recover at home," said Dr. Yared.

"I was worried," said grandson Biniyam Leulseged while he was taking Aba Tilahun back home.” I had a strong faith that God will help my grandfather to recover”

"My grandfather believes in God and is a member of the previous generation," Biniyam said, “I hope will stay alive for more years to the surprise and delight of our family.”

He was born at a place called Bulga, about 200km north of Addis Ababa. He came to Addis Ababa during childhood and served as a priest  in Addis Ababa. Currently, he lives in Addis Ketema sub-city of Addis Ababa where the virus hit worst.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health confirmed 141 additional coronavirus cases out of 4,675sample tests conducted on Thursday.

The new report has brought the number of total confirmed cases in the county to 5,175.

Only two of newly infected people are foreign nationals while all the remaining are Ethiopians their age ranges from 2 to 87 years, 81 of them are male and 60 female.

Of the new cases, 113 are from Addis Ababa, 15 from Oromia, 6 from Harari, 3 from Gambella, 3 from Somali, and 2 from Dire Dawa and Gambella each.

The Health Ministry has reported three more coronavirus deaths over the last day increasing the toll to 81.

The Ministry further reported that 58 were discharged from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,544

Ethiopia has now a total of 3,548 active cases, with 30 of them in a severe condition. The total number of tests conducted so far stands at 232,050.

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