A 100-year-old patient with coronavirus received a birthday cake from nurses at a hospital in Portugal.
He was then surprised with another great news that he had beaten the virus!
Photos taken at the University Hospital Centre of Sao Joao in Portugal show medics wearing full PPE giving 100-year-old Marques da Silva a cake for his big day.
It was on March 24 when Mr. da Silva’s daughter, 61-year-old Maria Jose, called emergency services when he started showing symptoms of coronavirus.
She said: “At first had a dry cough, then with lots of sputum and he started to get a fever which would not go away.
“When my husband and I were tested the results were positive for COVID-19. That’s when I realised that my father’s cough must also be related to this.”
Maria said she “was afraid it was too late” but she “just told him that in the hospital it would be easier to take care of him, knowing however that although he is very resistant and a fighter, it is impossible to win every battle.”
Mr. da Silva was rushed to the Infectious Diseases ward for treatment and celebrated his birthday on March 31.
Aside from the delicious cake, nurses also presented him with balloons made of medical gloves.
The chief nurse on the ward, Marlene Teixeira, said: “It makes me proud to be part of such a dedicated team, that does not fail to provide a highly qualified and humanised service even in the face of the pandemic we are experiencing.
“Luciano was very moved and grateful for the team’s gesture.”
Mr. da Silva has already been given the all-clear from coronavirus.
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