Girl, one, has beaten coronavirus, despite suffering from a heart defect and chronic lung disease

Despite having a chronic lung disease and a congenital heart defect, a one-year-old girl has beaten coronavirus.

The little fighter is Leah Peters, from Coningsby, Lincolnshire, as reported by Mail Online. She was prematurely born, so she had spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. Her parents were deeply concerned it would be a ‘real struggle’ for their daughter if she contracted the virus.

At the end of March, after the one-year-old developed a cough and had low heart stats, she was taken to the emergency department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. Due to her premature birth at just 32 weeks and five days, her underlying health conditions included a chronic lung disease.

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However, when Leah managed to safely recover, after testing positive for COVID-19, she amazed her mother and father, Agata and Michael. They admit their baby girl truly surprised them.

When Agata spoke about her daughter’s miracle recovery, she said:

“A few weeks ago we noticed that Leah had a bit of a cough, but living in a house with us and her two older sisters, Natalie aged four and Emily aged five, we assumed it was a cold or another bug they had brought home and were not overly worried. Because of Leah’s heart condition we have a nurse come to visit her at home every week. The nurse took her stats and as they were a bit low and combined with the cough she called an ambulance and we were taken to the emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital where she was given oxygen and she picked up a bit.”

Leah’s mother explained how her baby girl had tested positive for coronavirus.

She admitted they were really surprised Leah managed to beat the virus.

They were afraid she wouldn’t make it due to her serious condition. Mrs. Peters continued cheerfully:

“But she is a little fighter and has surprised us all. She was sent home the day after we received the test results and is doing really well at the moment.”

Agata also shares her genuine gratitude for the hardworking NHS staff who had helped Leah to overcome the disease.

“All of the NHS staff have been amazing. Even through all of the protective personal equipment (PPE) they have to wear, they have been so sweet and caring. We couldn’t have asked for any more from the team at Boston. Thank you just isn’t enough, it doesn’t describe how grateful we all are.”

The one-year-old girl is one of the youngest patients in the UK to beat coronavirus.

Mark Brassington, the deputy chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Staff across the NHS and social care in Lincolnshire and across the country are going above and beyond, doing everything they can to care for patients like Leah. It really does lift all of our spirits to hear how well she is now doing.”

Brassington proudly said that Leah is one of over 130 coronavirus patients who have successfully left their hospitals to continue with their recoveries at home. The chief executive continues:

“Our message to everyone reading Leah’s story is thank you for supporting the NHS and doing your bit by staying home. It really is making a difference so please keep it up.”

In the UK, the confirmed daily coronavirus deaths are significantly decreasing.

The number of victims announced on Monday, April 20th, was 450, which is nearly half as many as on Saturday, when they were 888.

By Tuesday, April 21st, the total coronavirus cases in the UK are 124,743, with 16,509 fatalities.

Even though the numbers are dropping, the sharp fall adds to growing evidence that the peak of the UK’s epidemic has blown over. Meanwhile, a medicine professor at the University of Oxford has argued the coronavirus peak was actually about a month ago, a week before lockdown started on March 23. The professor also believes that the strict measures the government has applied were unnecessary.

Professor Carl Heneghan insists that after the UK government launched a public information campaign on March 16, strongly advising people to wash their hands and keep two meters (6’6′) away from one another, infection rates halved. Heneghan claims ministers have ‘lost sight’ of the evidence. Moreover, he believes the scientists who have advised the ministers have been ‘consistently wrong’ during the crisis.

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