After recovering from Covid-19, Henriqueta Soares Marques, 110, was discharged from the hospital Albert Einstein, in the South Zone of São Paulo, this Wednesday (31). Her departure was celebrated with emotion by the family and health professionals of the unit, who welcomed her as a “grandmother from the hospital”.
“This team’s farewell on the way out was a surprise for her, she was very moved. She, I, the whole family, was something very special. Seeing someone her age win this battle, I think it’s a message of great hope “, says Henriqueta’s grandson, electrical engineer Giancarlo Bonansea.
Independent and active, Henriqueta received the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine in late February. For the family, the relatively mild symptoms that the 110-year-old woman experienced were a positive result of the vaccination.
Henriqueta Soares Marques, 110, is discharged from the hospital Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, after recovering from Covid-19 – Photo: Personal archive
CoronaVac had an overall effectiveness of 50.38% in tests performed in Brazil and 78% in reducing mild cases, but which require some medical attention, according to a preliminary study released by Butantan. However, the effectiveness of the immunizer has not been measured in elderly people in the Henriqueta age group, in which the immune system’s response to the vaccine may be less.
Since receiving the second dose of the vaccine, Henriqueta has remained isolated at home, knitting jackets for donation in the apartment where she lives, alone, in Chácara Santo Antônio, in the South Zone of the capital.
However, in early March, his 81-year-old daughter broke through isolation to receive the vaccine as well, and a few days later began to notice some symptoms of the disease. Despite living alone, Henriqueta received support from her daughter, who lives in the apartment next door with her husband, and the three lived together daily.
“Right after receiving the vaccine, before taking the second dose, my parents started to have symptoms of malaise that were getting worse. On March 12, they had stronger symptoms of coronavirus and underwent the RT-PCR test. Then, on the 14th, they found out they were positive ”, explains Giancarlo Bonansea, Henriqueta’s grandson.
The engineer decided to schedule a Covid-19 test for his grandmother, since Henriquetta and his parents lived together on a daily basis. Then, on March 16, came the positive result of the examination of the 110-year-old woman, who still did not have any symptoms of the disease.
Henriqueta Soares Marques, 110, is released from the hospital Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, this Wednesday (31), after contracting Covid-19 – Photo: Personal archive
Giancarlo’s 81-year-old mother experienced a worsening of symptoms in the days after diagnosis and was the first of her family to be hospitalized on behalf of Covid-19, on the morning of March 19.
On the same day, Henriquetta, who had been asymptomatic since March 16, also showed a negative evolution and was admitted to the same hospital at night.
“When the symptoms came to my grandmother, it was like an avalanche. She had a great fatigue, she couldn’t move, the oxygenation started to fall. Everything she didn’t feel in the previous days, came all at once in the on the 19th “, says the engineer.
On March 20, it was the turn of Giancarlo’s father, 84, to feel a worsening of the condition and also to be admitted to a bed at Albert Einstein Hospital.
“For my grandmother, it wasn’t just the trauma of having Covid-19, but knowing that her own daughter was in the same hospital and her son-in-law too, and that another son had also been infected, was the perfect storm. We he is not prepared for a case, imagine for four at once “, says Giancarlo.
Henriqueta had a good evolution in Covid-19 and was discharged this Wednesday, the day after her daughter, who left the hospital on Tuesday (30), and three days after her son-in-law, who was discharged last Sunday (28) ).
In total, Henriqueta’s hospitalization lasted 12 days. This is because, after being hospitalized on March 19, she had a rapid improvement in symptoms and was discharged on the 21st, already without symptoms of the coronavirus.
However, on March 23, she returned to feel unwell and was hospitalized again due to pneumonia and inflammation in the heart muscle that, according to doctors, appeared as sequelae of Covid-19.
“She ended up developing two effects that are common consequences of Covid-19, and then she was hospitalized from the 23rd until today to treat these sequelae, which in the end could be of greater risk than Covid herself, even more because she was already vaccinated . But, thank God, the evolution of these sequels was also very positive “, explains Giancarlo.
The family now plans a remote Easter, with video conferencing to bring together virtually the different family nuclei, and much relief from the sequence of hospital discharges.
“We had a great welcome, she was the darling of the nurses and the grandmother of the hospital. Now, we are going to have an Easter isolated, but all healthy and recovered”, celebrates Giancarlo.
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