The amazing story of how a heartbroken daughter’s tearful visit to her elderly parents as they slowly died of coronavirus helped save their lives – as they became Victoria’s last patientsHusband and wife have left hospital, were last active COVID-19 cases in Victoria The pair’s daughter rushed to Monash Medical Centre to say final goodbyes Doctors say the woman’s visit helped her parents bounce back from the virus
A daughter’s visit to her parents who were dying in hospital from COVID-19 helped the duo bounce back and become the last two patients to leave hospital in Victoria.
A man in his 90s was discharged from the Monash Medical Centre on Monday, five days after his wife also left hospital .
The pair became infected as part of the Chadstone shopping centre cluster in early October, and were admitted to hospital when their oxygen levels began to deteriorate.
At one stage the couple’s daughter was rushed to hospital so they could say their final goodbyes after seeking an exemption from the Victorian government when their situation became dire.
But her hospital trip had such a profound effect on the elderly couple that they began to rally round and soon made a remarkable recovery.
A man in his 90s was discharged from the Monash Medical Centre (pictured) on Monday, five days after his wife also left hospital
The duo were the last people in hospital in Victoria, and there are no more active cases (pictured, healthcare worker at Chadstone Shopping Centre October 9)
‘We weren’t sure that she would see them if she waited,’ Monash infectious diseases physician Rhonda Stuart told the Herald Sun.
The woman drove herself to the hospital and was immediately put into personal protective equipment so she could spend time with each parent separately as part of a high-security visit.
‘That human touch not only helped her but it helped her parents as well — and then they turned the corner,’ Dr Stuart said.
‘The whole treating team have gone on that journey with them, from being really concerned to now waiting out for us to release them as the last person from isolation in Victoria. It’s a pretty remarkable story.’
The woman almost didn’t get to see her parents in hospital that day, after she contracted COVID-19 herself and was in isolation.
The pair had been kept from each other and their family for two months while they battled the deadly virus.
Victoria now had no active cases, with hospitals COVID-free, for the first time in 269 days (pictured, Melbourne on November 24)
Victoria is beginning to ease restrictions after having no COVID-19 cases anywhere in the state (pictured, Melbourne on November 24)
The state underwent a strict three-month lockdown where cases reached more than 700 a day (pictured, Melbourne on November 24)
The husband and wife still need antiviral medication and steroid doses.
Dr Stuart said battling the pandemic had been extremely hard on the staff, and watching the couple walk out led to many mixed emotions.
In many other countries, loved ones are unable to see their family in such circumstances, amid fears contact would further spread virus.
The couple’s remarkable recovery meant the second wave of the pandemic was over in Victoria, with the Monash team having diagnosed the first case of coronavirus in Australia on January 24.
Victoria now had no active cases, with hospitals COVID-free, for the first time in 269 days.
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