106-year-old Connie bounces back after beating virus

15th Apr 2020

Connie on her 106th birthday.

Meet 106-year-old Connie Titchen – believed to be Britain’s oldest patient to overcome coronavirus.
The great grandmother, from Birmingham, battled the virus for just under three weeks and was given a clean bill of health by medics at City Hospital this week.
She said: “I feel very lucky that I’ve fought off this virus. I can’t wait to see my family.”
Her granddaughter Alex Jones, said her nan bounces back from anything. “She has had a really active life. She loved to dance, cycle and play golf.
“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.
“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!”
Connie, who was born in September, 1913 and has lived through two World Wars, was admitted to City Hospital in mid-March with suspected pneumonia. She was diagnosed with coronavirus soon afterwards.
Alex, aged 40, added: “The care she has received at the hospital has been brilliant and I can’t fault it.  During her stay I was kept up-to-date constantly by the nurses looking after her which made me feel so happy.
“I want to thank the staff for all they have done for her during her stay.”
Sister Kelly Smith who looked after the great grandmother-of-eight, added: “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 this virus.”

Watch Connie speak about her experience here: 

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