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The curious case of two nonagenarian men who defeat COVID-19 in Odisha

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At a time when it is believed that elder people especially above 80 are vulnerable to the pandemic and they have least chance of recovery in case of infection, two nonagenarian COVID-19 patients in Odisha have defeated the viral infection.

The two patients — Satchidananda Mohanty and Dhirendranath Das — both aged 91, were admitted to dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar respectively, as per a PTI report.

Both the men were admitted to the hospitals on September 5 after being diagnosed with the disease. They were discharged on Sunday night.

Mohanty, an eminent advocate in Kendrapara town, was also suffering from hypothyroid and neurological ailments. He was immediately shifted to the ICU after his admission to the hospital. “We were worried about his condition as his oxygen level had dropped a day after his admission. However, his condition improved gradually after we put him under oxygen support,” a doctor who treated Mohanty was quoted saying by the report.

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The other nonagenarian patient, Dhirendranath Das, a former senior official with the Press Information Bureau and the All India Radio, was also shifted to the ICU. Das had developed a breathing problem after contracting the disease.

“While my father was being taken to the hospital, he had told us he would defeat coronavirus. It became a reality because of the relentless efforts of the doctors and the nurses,” Das”s daughter Debadatta said.

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