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Watch: Jozi elderly mom reunited with family after beating Covid-19 [video]

Posted by Andile Sicetsha

An elderly woman from a community in Johannesburg has frontline healthcare workers to thank for helping her recover from coronavirus (Covid-19).

Watch: Jozi woman celebrated after beating Covid-19

At a time when the respiratory virus is sweeping past Gauteng with a deadly force, it’s seldom we hear of a Covid-19 survivor. Especially, one that is elderly with underlying comorbidities, like diabetes.

However, much like the woman’s son, Sifiso Hlongwa, said in a tweet, “We praise the Lord.”

Emotional scenes were witnessed when the woman pulled into her home, with dozens of friends and relatives waiting to welcome her home.

In the video, shot by her son, the woman appears dismayed, as if she too can’t fathom how her day ended with her reunited with her family.

Hlongwa explained in a tweet that he shared the video to “bring positive energy to the [timeline].”

“There have been so many “RIP’s”. May God protect our parents,” he added.

Gauteng braces an ugly storm

Gauteng is quickly becoming the epicentre of the mutated Covid-19 variant. Premier David Makhura, earlier this week, made it clear that the province is fully prepared to deal with a spike in hospitalizations.

More pertinent, he said, was a need for more hospital beds, oxygen supply and healthcare staff.

“As we have more infections, we’re going to experience more hospital admissions. We’re not even at the peak,” he warned.

At the time Makhura made these assertions, Gauteng had 220 patients on ventilation and 384 on oxygen support.

“We’d like to appeal to communities to help our healthcare system by continuing to sanitise hands, wear the mask, social distance and by staying away from funerals unless it’s a family funeral,” he said