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99-year-old West Vancouver man recovers from COVID-19

99-year-old West Vancouver man recovers from COVID-19

VANCOUVER: Much to the delight of his family, Reuben Huva, who lives in one of the 12 nursing homes in British Columbia affected by COVID-19, recovered from the novel coronavirus he contracted earlier this month.

A few weeks ago, the 99-year-old resident of Hollyburn House in West Vancouver began to experience minor symptoms such as fatigue, a slight cough and a lack of appetite, so staff initially thought her father had a cold, according to his daughter, Linda Horspool.

However, on March 11, the man received a call saying he’d tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC.

It was then that Huva’s children imagined the last hours of their father’s life. “I didn’t think a 99-year-old man in a wheelchair could survive, to be honest,” says Linda Horspool.

Suffering from dementia, the old man who came from Russia in 1926, would not have fully realized the situation or understood why he was locked in his room can only be visited by the window, says Huva’s daughter.

 Linda Horspool, left, was permitted to visit her father in his care home.
Linda Horspool (left), visits her father in his care home.

During a visit, Linda remembers trying to explain to her father that he had the flu, to which he replied that he was fine, she said.

After a few days, Huva’s symptoms resolved, according to her daughter, and the results of a new screening test carried out on March 25 turned out to be negative.

Today, everyone hopes to see this man celebrate the 100th anniversary of an “incredibly full and happy life” in December, Linda Horspool rejoices.

Health officials in British Columbia announced 92 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Saturday.

The new confirmed cases bring the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus in B.C. to 884.

However, British Columbia’s recovery numbers are significantly higher than those seen in other provinces in Canada.

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