‘I’m Fine’: 95-Year-Old Italian Grandmother Becomes Oldest Patient to Recover From CCP Virus in Modena

March 25, 2020 Updated: March 25, 2020
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A 95-year-old grandmother has become the oldest patient in the Italian province of Modena to recover from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus.

On March 18, 2020, Alma Clara Corsini, from Fanano, Modena, told the Italian newspaper Gazzetta Di Modena, “Yes, yes, I’m fine. They were good people who looked after me well, and now they’ll send me home in a little while.”

Corsini was rushed to hospital in the town of Pavullo on March 5 after exhibiting symptoms of the CCP virus. Despite being in one of the highest risk categories for susceptibility to severe complications, Corsini took hospital staff by surprise.

Just 13 days after her admission, the 95-year-old’s carers confirmed that the pensioner had had a “great reaction” to her treatment, even without the aid of antiviral therapy. She was on track to make a full recovery.

Corsini even won the hearts of her caregivers along the way. The grandmother became the “pride of the staff” during her hospital stay, owing to her stoic attitude and triumphant return to good health.

Numerous stories of success are gradually surfacing out of Italy’s struggle to combat the pandemic.

Another Italian, in his late nineties, became the oldest person in the country known to have survived the CCP virus, according to Metro. A 97-year-old man, who remains anonymous, made a full recovery and returned to his home in Cremona in the Lombardy region after two weeks in intensive care.

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Patients’ beds at the newly opened Covid 3 intensive care ward at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, pictured on March 18, 2020 (©Getty Images | ANDREAS SOLARO)

Meanwhile, a 79-year-old from Liguria, northwestern Italy, recovered from the virus after being treated with an experimental Ebola drug called Remdesivir. The pensioner was discharged and returned home after 12 days in the hospital.

Additionally, 15 people from the United States, including 14 American passengers, who had been stranded on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan for two weeks, exhibited signs of overcoming the virus using the very same drug.

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Medical staff collect a patient from an ambulance at the Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome on March 17, 2020. (©Getty Images | Antonio Masiello)

As of March 22, the total number of CCP virus cases reported in Italy exceeded 59,000. As per Statista, he northernmost region of Italy has been the hardest hit by the outbreak; the region with the highest number of cases remains Lombardy, with 27,200 cases in total.

The country has recorded the second-highest number of CCP cases behind China, where the virus originated.

Italy has adopted strong precautionary measures in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. The government has banned all cross-municipal movement within the country, closed all non-essential businesses, restricted shopping, and imposed fines for anyone found outside their homes without a valid reason.

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Hospital staff work in a patients’ triage tent at a temporary emergency structure at the Brescia hospital in Lombardy on March 13, 2020. (©Getty Images | MIGUEL MEDINA)

Saverio Chiaravalle, vice president of the order of doctors in Varese, Lombardy, reiterated the importance of observing precautions in a statement to the Italian press. “In many cities there are people who still don’t understand the importance of staying at home,” he said.

“We need strict rules; all medics agree with the rules, as one of the only weapons we have to fight this is to isolate,” Chiaravalle continued. “It is a sacrifice by all, for all, to try and overcome this situation.”

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People wave and clap their hands during a flash mob, “Un applauso per l’Italia” (An applause for Italy), in Rome’s Garbatella district on March 14, 2020. (©Getty Images | ANDREAS SOLARO)

As of March 22, over 5,500 Italians have tested positive for CCP virus every single day. The average age of mortality is 78.5.

Ninety-five-year-old grandmother Alma Clara Corsini, however, is giving people hope. After just under two weeks in the hospital, Corsini was discharged and returned to her home in Fanano, inspiring netizens around the world with her remarkable recovery.