Birmingham great-grandmother, 106, becomes oldest in UK to beat coronavirus

A 106-year-old woman thought to be Britain’s oldest patient to recover from coronavirus has been discharged from Birmingham’s City Hospital.

Connie Titchen, 106, with Sister Kelly Smith from City Hospital
Connie Titchen, 106, with Sister Kelly Smith from City Hospital

Connie Titchen, from Birmingham, was discharged from City Hospital this week after battling Covid-19 for three weeks.

The great-grandmother of eight, who was born in September 1913, was admitted to the hospital in March with suspected pneumonia and was diagnosed with coronavirus soon afterwards.

She said: “I feel very lucky that I’ve fought off this virus. I can’t wait to see my family.”

WATCH the moment Connie left hospital:

Granddaughter Alex Jones said her nan bounces back from anything, adding: “She has had a really active life. She loved to dance, cycle and play golf.

“She has always cooked for herself too, although she likes a cheeky McDonald's every now and then.

"I haven’t told her they are closed.

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“I think the secret of her old age is that she is physically active and very independent.

"She had a hip operation back in December and within 30 days she was walking again. She really is amazing and I know all the family can’t wait to see her. She has quite a few fans!”

Alex, aged 40, added: “The care she has received at the hospital has been brilliant and I can’t fault it.

"During her stay I was kept up-to-date constantly by the nurses looking after her which made me feel so happy.

“I want to thank the staff for all they have done for her during her stay.”

Sister Kelly Smith, who looked after Connie, added: “It’s been fantastic to see Connie recover.

"She is amazing and we’ve been doing our best to nurse her back to health.

“We were really pleased when she was given the all clear. It’s nice to see patients leave our ward after having beaten this virus.”

As of Tuesday, 204 coronavirus patients had been confirmed to have died at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs City Hospital.

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