Amid the devastating second wave of coronavirus leaving COVID-19 patients gasping for breath, an inspiring story of recovery by sheer willpower has emerged from Delhi. 96-year-old Pushpa Sharma from Naveen Shahdara has proved that where there is a will, there is a way.
Wheelchair-bound Sharma, who lives with her son Arun Kumar (67) and daughter-in-law Meena (64) in, tested positive for the infection on April 18.
According to her grandson Kunal, she was however under home treatment, and doctors confirmed her recovery on May 9 following tests.
Sharma's son, a businessman, and her daughter-in-law, a retired government official, were also down with the infection. The family credits Sharma's "willpower" and the "positive atmosphere" at their home for her recovery.
The recovery of Sharma, who had moved to Delhi from Gujranwala town in pre-Partition Punjab in the 1930s, has not only brought her family relief but also hope and motivation to locals.
Despite having a challenging week of illness, ‘Chaai ji’ as Sharma is fondly called finally recovered from the severe infection.
Her CRP (C-reactive protein) test report showed the level of infection at a high of 82 on April 27 and a normal of 4 on May 9 after which she was declared Covid-free by doctors, who also reviewed her other reports pertaining to treatment of the infection.
CRP is a type of protein produced by the liver that serves as an early marker of infection and inflammation. In blood, the normal concentration of CRP is less than 10 mg/L but it rises rapidly with the onset of the infection and its severity.
Kunal, who is a pilot with a commercial airline, adds that his grandmother was not aware of the severity of her condition but would moan because of pain, fever and weakness.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)