The great-grandmother battled the virus for just under three weeks and was discharged from hospital to applause from nurses and health workers.
London – A 106-year-old
great-grandmother, thought to be the oldest patient in Britain
to beat the novel coronavirus, was discharged from hospital to
applause from nurses and health workers.
Connie Titchen, from Birmingham, in central England, battled
the virus for just under three weeks and was given a clean bill
of health by medics at City Hospital.
“I feel very lucky that I’ve fought off this virus,” Titchen
said. “I can’t wait to see my family.”
As Titchen was wheeled out, the hospital’s masked health
workers lined the ward to clap her out. Titchen told health
staff she was looking forward to seeing her family and having a
“I am hungry,” she said.
Titchen was born in 1913 when George V, grandfather of Queen
Elizabeth II, was on the throne. She was born before the Russian
revolutions of 1917, lived through both world wars and has now
She was admitted to hospital in mid-March with suspected
pneumonia and diagnosed with Covid-19 soon afterwards. But she
battled the virus and won.
Granddaughter Alex Jones, 40, said Titchen had always been
physically active, though she does have a soft spot for
“She has always cooked for herself too, although she likes a
cheeky McDonalds every now and then. I haven’t told her they are
closed,” said her granddaughter, Alex Jones, 40.
“I think the secret of her old age is that she is physically
active and very independent. She had a hip operation back in
December and within 30 days she was walking again.
“She really is
amazing and I know all the family can’t wait to see her. She has
quite a few fans!”
Nurse Kelly Smith who looked after Titchen said: “It’s been fantastic to see Connie recover. She is amazing
and we’ve been doing our best to nurse her back to health.
“We were really pleased when she was given the all clear.
It’s nice to see patients leave our ward after having beaten
Connie Titchen, from Birmingham, battled the virus for just under three weeks and was discharged from hospital to applause from nurses and health workers. Video: Facebook / ITV Central