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Celebrations as Bromsgrove 80-year-old defeats Coronavirus and pneumonia

Tristan Harris 24th Apr, 2020 Updated: 24th Apr, 2020

A BROMSGROVE octogenarian is celebrating after defeating coronavirus and pneumonia and overcoming a broken hip and a stroke.

Patricia Raybould, who turns 81 on Tuesday, April 28, fell at home in Sidemoor and broke her hip.

She was admitted to the Alexandra Hospital where she spent five days before returning home.

But after getting back to her bungalow she contracted pneumonia and was found to have the virus as well.

She was being cared for at home by district nurses who came regularly to check she was okay and as comfortable as possible.

But then she suffered a stroke in her chair at home she was taken to the Worcestershire Royal where she spent one day and was sent home.

At one point her family were told Patricia only had 48 hours to live.

Her granddaughter Lisa Collins said: “It was a horrible time because we could not see her.

“We could only wave at her through the window – we were all devastated.”

But then tenacious Patricia turned her fortunes around and has now defeated Covid-19.

Lisa added: “She has been through such a lot – we’re all amazed at how strong she is.

“She is such a warrior.

“She rang me this morning, crying with happiness on the phone, saying ‘I’ve beaten it!’.”

During her recovery she is staying at Latimer Court care home in Worcester but her family are hoping to have her back on her feet and home in Bromsgrove soon.

Lisa added: “We can’t thank everyone who has helped her enough – the district nurses have been great and the carers at Latimer Court have been absolutely amazing.

“They have all played a massive role in getting her through this against all the odds.”

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