A great-great-grandmother who will turn 100 in December has returned home to a “hero’s welcome” after recovering from coronavirus.
Edna Murray fell at her home in Tremorfa, Cardiff, on April 8 and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) where she was diagnosed with Covid-19.
She spent time in intensive care before being transferred to the Dragon’s Heart Hospital at the Principality Stadium the day after it opened.
At one point the situation got so bad that her son and daughter were asked by doctors to complete a ‘do not attempt CPR’ form.
But against the odds, the determined 99-year-old made good progress and was discharged home – with a package of care in place – on Tuesday, June 2.
“I’m so grateful to the NHS for saving my mum’s life – I’m beyond words,” said her son Tony Murray, who is originally from Cardiff but moved to Canada.
“I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
Edna, who survived the Second World War and the tail end of the Spanish flu, was found to have the virus before she developed any symptoms.
She began to deteriorate while in UHW and was put in intensive care but did not need a ventillator.
“My sister Margaret phoned me twice a day to keep me updated,” recalled Tony, who was in Cardiff just a few weeks before his mum became ill to watch the Six Nations game with Scotland which was eventually cancelled.
“Because of her age we obviously thought the worst could happen to her. I was just gutted.”
Tony said Edna was just the second patient to be transferred to the Dragon’s Heart Hospital for ongoing care.
“When I heard she was being moved there I didn’t think it was good news,” he added.
“I managed to speak to her on the phone, via a nurse, and she was sounding confused and her memory wasn’t great. She’d also lost a lot of weight.”
But miraculously Edna – a mum-of-two, grandmother-of-four, great-grandmother-of-five and a great-great-grandmother of one – began to improve and within three weeks of making initial signs of recovery, she was back home.
A video shows the moment she was warmly welcomed home by her neighbours in Tremorfa, who had also decorated the exterior walls of her house.
“She’s very determined – a fighter,” Tony added.
“She’s got a great sense of humour, she’s always cracking jokes. My mum is just a very positive person.
“As a family we are stunned by how amazing the NHS is.”
Edna is now receiving physiotherapy and is having regular visits from carers.