THIS is the spine-tingling moment hero NHS frontline workers applaud an 84-year-old man as he leaves hospital after beating coronavirus.
The grandfather had been in hospital in the north-west of England for two weeks after contracting the deadly bug.
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But despite medics fearing for his life, he has now been discharged after recovering.
His granddaughter filmed video of the moment he prepared to leave hospital.
The man, who was in a wheelchair and had a mask over his mouth and nose, waved cheerfully at nurses who lined the corridor to applaud him.
Posting the video online, his granddaughter said: “Both my grandparents were ill.
“We all thought it was just the after-flight flu as they had just come back from Jamaica.
“But my granddad then became worse and we found out he tested positive for coronavirus.
“It was a hard two weeks as he then ended up having pneumonia and the doctors said he was ‘deteriorating’ and for 24 hours he was ‘critical’, but God!
“My granddad is 84 years old and has beaten the coronavirus!”
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He had been battling Covid-19 at the hospital for 12 days – but was finally discharged the day before his 61st birthday.
He revealed he was “grateful to be alive” thanks to the caring medics who helped save his life, telling the Leicester Mercury: “When you have battled for every breath, everything just feels incredible, a real privilege.
“I feel like I’ve been reborn.”
Medics have begged Brits to listen to the government’s order to stay at home.
One exasperated ICU nurse posted a tearful request to urge all Brits to keep inside and support the NHS as the coronavirus pandemic brings staff to their knees.
Shirley Watts, an operating theatre nurse at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, said she wanted people “to see the reality of what’s going on” describing the situation as “desperate” and short staffed.
Yesterday, harrowing footage showing coronavirus victims dying at a London hospital was shared.
Doctors are seen describing the “unimaginable” situation developing and warning they would be unable to cope with a significant spike in demand.
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The number of coronavirus cases in the UK currently stands at more than 51,000 and is expected to rise in the coming weeks.
And a Manchester-based doctor, who asked to be named as Dr Al, has revealed he is yet to get a coronavirus patient off a ventilator alive.
He said not all patients are offered ventilators at the hospital where he works – because just 14 per cent of people will survive.
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