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Albany woman recovers from virus months away from 100th birthday

Maude Burke is the oldest person to survive COVID-19 at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany. She left the facility on Thursday and is now resting at home.
Maude Burke is the oldest person to survive COVID-19 at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany. She left the facility on Thursday and is now resting at home.

Credit: Social media image

Credit: Social media image

An elderly Albany woman has left the hospital after recovering from coronavirus just months away from her 100th birthday, according to several news reports.

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Maude Burke is the oldest person to survive COVID-19 at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany. She left the facility on Thursday and is now resting at home.

Burke was hospitalized for 17 days, WKRC Local 12 reported.

Nurses and medical staff lined the halls and cheered for the 99-year-old as she was wheeled out in a hospital bed.

Afterwards, the hospital posted an inspirational video of the moment on Facebook.

“We continue to celebrate with our #COVID-19 patients when they get well enough to go home from our hospitals," the post read. “This celebration was extra special. Maude Burke is ... is the oldest COVID-19 patient we’ve been able to discharge. Her strength and determination are amazing, and we wish her well as she continues to recover. Thank you for being an inspiration, Ms. Maude!”

There have been many other reports of elderly people surviving the virus despite being in the age group that is the most vulnerable. According to the CDC, adults 65 and older are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness, and account for eight out of 10 deaths reported in the United States.