‘114-year-old’ Ethiopian man recovers from Coronavirus

'114-year-old' Ethiopian man recovers from Coronavirus


A man, Aba Tilahun Woldemichael whose age is put at 114, has reportedly recovered from Coronavirus in Ethiopia.

A physician at Yeka Kotebe hospital, Dr. Hiluf Abate who treated Aba told the BBC’s Newsday programme that he tested positive for the virus when a random screening process took place in his neighbourhood in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Within four days of his admission to the severe coronavirus ward in Yeka Kotebe hospital, Aba Tilahun’s condition deteriorated as the virus took hold and he was put on oxygen, Dr Hiluf said.

According to him, the centenarian spent 14 days at the hospital, and was treated with oxygen for more than a week.

“It’s really incredible that he survived being so old and we are happy that he has been discharged,” He said.

The Yeka Kotebe hospital affirmed that they could not confirm that its patient is 114 years old, but the medical team says he is definitely older than 100 and has estimated that he is 109.

Aba Tilahun Woldemichael is now being looked after at home by his 24-year-old grandson Binyam Lulseged Tilahun.

Mr. Binyam added that his grandfather is healthy and doing well despite his age, but the after-effects of the virus had weakened his voice.

Ethiopia has recorded more than 5,000 confirmed cases and 81 deaths from Coronavirus.

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