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Mumbai: Faith, not fear, helps 86-year-old woman, family return back home ‘victorious’ – Times of India

MUMBAI: An 86-year-old Pali Hill resident, Godavari Kankani, makes light of the often repeated observation that the elderly are most vulnerable to Covid. She stayed at S L Raheja Hospital, Mahim, for 17 days — including 12 in ICU — and returned home “victorious’’ on Thursday.
Incidentally, she was not the only one in the family hospitalized with Covid. Her 55-year-old son Harish, a real estate agent, and her elder daughter-in-law were also hospitalized. Harish was the first to be admitted on April 3 after complaints of low-grade fever that did not subside after a week. His family was tested after his report and both his mother and 68-year-old sisterin-law were admitted to S L Raheja two days later.
“My mother has never been without a family member and was worried as she wasn’t allowed any visitors,’’ said Harish. But hospital staff, including doctors, would take turns to sit by her side in ICU. “We are grateful to the hospital staff as every day, one of them would use their phone to allow my mother to talk to us,’’ he added.
A patient of rheumatoid arthritis, Godavari was on HCQS tablets for two years. “I feel it helped my mother beat the disease. She had breathlessness initially, but only needed mild oxygen support,’’ said her son, who was discharged on the fourth day of hospitalisation. Harish looks at his family’s Covid episode as a “learning experience”.
“I used to be pessimistic and anxious, but I have changed, as not one, but three family members, including my aged mother, got back home in good health. Faith, not fear, helped us,’’ he added.

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