India's first oldest Covid-19 survivor passes away

India's first oldest Covid-19 survivor passes away

He is survived by his wife and three children

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A 93-year old man from Pathanamthitta district in Kerala who received much attention after recovering from Covid-19 during the initial months of the pandemic in the country died due to age-related ailments on Thursday.

Abraham Thomas and his wife Mariyamma, 88, hailing from Ranni, were infected with Covid-19 in March from their son and family who returned from Italy. They recovered from the infection after about a month-long treatment at Kottayam medical college hospital. They received much national attention as the recovery chances of aged people from Covid-19 was then considered very low.

A family member told DH that Abraham was active after recovering from Covid-19 and he was even engaged in farming activities. But about a month back kidney and liver ailments that he had been suffering, aggravated. Owing to Covid-19 he was not hospitalised but was under care at home. He breathed his last Thursday noon, said Abraham's granddaughter's husband Robin. 

The traditional and healthy lifestyle of the aged couple, especially their food habits and routine involvement in farming activities, were widely discussed when they recovered from Covid-19. Doctors and staff of Kottayam medical college hospital where the two were under Covid-19 treatment also received much appreciation for the homely care given to the aged couple. The nurses even used to sing a lullaby for them to sleep and used to tell stories.