Shomporko Desk: A 101-year-old man in Rimini is back at home with his family on Friday after beating the infection, in the latest report of an elderly patient surviving the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The man, identified only as “Mr. P” by authorities, was born during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1919.
Rimini’s vice mayor Gloria Lisi told local media on Thursday that the 101-year-old was discharged from hospital in Rimini’s and returned home after fighting off the infection in a hospital.
“Last week Mr. P. was hospitalized in Rimini after testing positive for Covid 19,” she said.
“One detail that makes the life of this person truly extraordinary,” she added, “is that Mr. P. was born in 1919, in the midst of another tragic world pandemic “.“
The Spanish flu was an unusually deadly pandemic that killed tens of millions of people around the world between 1918 and 1920. At least 600,000 people in Italy are estimated to have been killed during the outbreak.
“At 101 years, he lived almost entirely through the past century and then had a glimpse of the new millennium. He has seen everything: war, hunger, pain, progress, crisis and resurrections,” she said. “And then at the age of over 100 years, fate brought him this new challenge, invisible and terrible at the same time.”
Lisi added that, as word spread of the man’s condition, hospital staff felt a “desperate need” to ensure his recovery.
“When the tragic news reports tell us daily of a virus that is dangerous above all to the elderly, there is hope for all of us in the story of a person of this age,” Lisi said.
“And Mr. P. made it. His family brought him home on Wednesday evening. It shows that even at 101 years old, your fate is not written.”
Though the fatality rate jumps sharply for patients in their 70s and over, there have been numerous stories of elderly Italians making a full recovery after being hospitalized with the virus.