Very petite at the bottom of her bed, she gives, thumbs up, a sign that all is well: a 99-year-old Croatian survived COVID-19 and three weeks of hospitalization.
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Margareta Kranjcec, who lives in a home for the elderly in Karlovac, central Croatia, was hospitalized at the end of October after being tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Stefica Ljubic Mlinac, the director of the establishment, explained to AFP that tests had been carried out on the residents due to several cases of fever.
Among those infected, the almost 100-year-old, who had no symptoms.
The frail little lady, however, was taken to the hospital as a precaution. “Given his great age and his fragility, it’s really surprising that the coronavirus did not hurt him,” added Ms. Ljubic Mlinac. “This is such good news” in these times of pandemic which shows the sometimes random nature of the virus, she continued.
Ms. Kranjcec, who normally lives bedridden because of her frailty, does not suffer from any serious illness. And when an AFP photographer went to his bedside in the Saint-Antoine home for the elderly, the old lady, black rammer with white weights on her head, raised her thumb to show that all was well. .
“It’s over, I feel good,” she told Croatian newspaper Vecernji list.
Croatia has identified nearly 140,000 coronavirus infections. Nearly 2,000 people have died in this Balkan country of 4.2 million people.