103-year-old Sikh man from Thane is country’s oldest ICU survivor of Covid-19

Marvelling at Sukha Singh Chhabra's ‘miraculous recovery’, hospital waives treatment cost

In a huge relief to his anxious family comprising many great-grandchildren, a sprightly 103-year-old Sikh man here vanquished Covid-19 and has returned home to savour the victory, his close relatives said.

Sukha Singh Chhabra was wheeled out of Kaushalya Medical Foundation Trust Hospital here on Monday. He is ranked as India's oldest ICU survivor of Covid-19.

Chhabra's 86-year old younger brother, Tara Singh, who was also infected, spent days in the ICU, and has now been shifted to the ward, awaiting discharge from the hospital in a couple of days...

..."On May 31, he tested positive. We downplayed it and requested him to get admitted to a hospital for proper care. He agreed without any fuss, so we didn't see any point in unnecessarily alarming him at his advanced age," his 39-year grandson Gurdeep K Chhabra told IANS.

After his swabs tested positive, he was wheeled into the KMFT Hospital on June 2 as his sons and grandchildren prayed, while his young great-grandchildren waited for the great grandpa to return home to play with them...

...A special team of doctors, comprising Khomane, Jayprakash Pednekar and Santosh Dwivedi, was assigned to treat Chhabra on the long road to recovery.

However, they generously acknowledged that "it was the patient's own determination to fight out Covid-19 at this advanced age," which was very important.

We as doctors left no stone unturned to make him and our other patients win the battle," said another doctor...

..."We are confident that he will soon bounce back to his active self after he starts savouring his favourite Punjabi vegetarian dishes that he has missed for weeks now," he laughed.

Besides his younger brother Tara Singh, elder Chhabra has two sons, Kesar Singh, 68, Niranjan Singh, 58, several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren living nearby. IANS

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