WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 90-year-old New Yorker named Anna Fortunato surprisingly recovered from COVID-19 after nearly two weeks of fighting for her life in the hospital.
- According to the Associated Press, the doctors used a drug called hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to help in Fortunato’s recovery.
- Fortunato now looks forward to her upcoming 91st birthday in June and spending more time with her family.
After recovering from COVID-19, Anna Fortunato, a 90-year-old woman from Long Island, New York, wants to extend hope to everyone else who is afraid of the virus.
Prior to Fortunato’s 13-day hospitalization, she experienced sore throat and thought it was just a cold, as shared by her daughter Teresa Gund with the Associated Press.
Fortunato was then transported to a hospital on March 13 from her assisted living home as her health continued to deteriorate.
At the hospital, Gund was able to talk to her mother via FaceTime using a nurse’s cellphone.
“Don’t you worry… I will be fine. I have all the faith in God … and God is going to get me through this. He doesn’t want me right now. He wants me to stay here with you guys,” Fortunato said as narrated by her daughter.
The first cases of coronavirus were discovered in December in China, and since then, it has proven to be fatal for the elderly.
Since senior citizens are more prone to suffering serious symptoms from the virus, they are strictly encouraged to stay at home and refrain from going outside especially on social gatherings to lessen their chance of exposure, based on the guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fortunato’s condition continued to worsen at the hospital, to the extent that Gund asked permission if a priest could see Fortunato and anoint her last rites. The doctors did not agree since it was too risky for the priest.
As the treatment options for Fortunato were exhausted, the medical team utilized hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that is also used to treat lupus, the Associated Press reported.
The drug’s effectiveness has not yet been proven against COVID-19, but some reports claimed it could help. President Donald Trump also recently promoted it.
Fortunato miraculously began to recover after taking the medication. The 90-year-old patient was finally discharged from the hospital after almost two weeks of confinement.
The recovered patient now looks forward to her upcoming 91st birthday in June and spending more time with her family.
“I had a good husband, and my children are beautiful… I’ve lived to see grandchildren, and great-grandchildren … so I AM fortunate,” she told the AP.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the US had at least 424,860 cases and 14,607 fatalities due to COVID-19, according to a New York Times tracking.