Coronavirus: ‘Incredible recovery of man aged over 100’

ADDIS ABABA – The recovery from coronavirus of an Ethiopian man who is believed to be at least 100 years old was “incredible”, one of the doctors who treated him told the BBC.

Aba Tilahun Woldemichael’s family says he is 114, which would make him the world’s oldest man, but there is no birth certificate to confirm his age.

The centenarian is now being looked after at home by his grandson.

Aba Tilahun tested positive for the virus when a random screening process took place in his neighborhood in the capital, Addis Ababa, and was admitted to hospital before the symptoms showed, Dr. Hiluf Abate told the BBC’s Newsday program.

This allowed the medical team to be pro-active with its treatment and closely monitor the old man, he added.

Within four days of his admission to the severe coronavirus ward in Yeka Kotebe hospital, Aba Tilahun’s condition deteriorated as the virus took hold and he was put on oxygen, Dr. Hiluf said.

In all, he spent 14 days at the hospital, and was treated with oxygen for more than a week.

Ethiopia, which has strict coronavirus restrictions, has recorded more than 5,000 confirmed cases and 81 deaths.

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