Armanda Bottini Campolunghi started showing the first symptoms of the virus, including vomiting and a high temperature, on February 26. Her family were worried as the Italian grandmother suffers from Type 2 Diabetes and had recently fractured her femur. Ms Campolunghi was with her relatives when she started feeling ill.
She was taken to the hospital San Matteo di Pavia in the northern region of Lombardy.
Her nephew Mattia Cagnazzi, 23, said: “My parents and I became worried because of my grandma’s health condition.
“She is an elderly woman just back from a long period of rehabilitation after a femur operation and with a chronic condition.
“When the doctors told us she tested positive for coronavirus, we started getting ready for the worst.
My grandmother has proven that it is possible to recover from coronavirus
“We thought it would be impossible for her to survive.”
Mr Cagnazzi said doctors regularly updated the family on the woman’s health condition.
Her body reacted well to the antiviral treatments and she remained determined throughout her stay in hospital.
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By Sunday, March 1, Ms Campolunghi had already tested negative for COVID-19.
Her nephew added: “My grandmother has proven that it is possible to recover from coronavirus. We can’t wait to hug her.”
Doctors described the woman, who is turning 82 this year, as the ‘iron grandmother’, or in Italian ‘nonna di ferro’.
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