Alan Winde on 93-year-old woman who recovered from Covid-19 - 'she is one of the oldest survivors'

22 July 2020 - 10:23 By Cebelihle Bhengu
93-year-old Katherine Dorothy Newman's recovery from Covid-19 has warmed the hearts of many South Africans.
93-year-old Katherine Dorothy Newman's recovery from Covid-19 has warmed the hearts of many South Africans.
Image: Alan Winde/Facebook

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has shared the inspirational story of 93-year-old Katherine Dorothy Newman, who survived Covid-19 after becoming one of the first people to get infected when coronavirus hit SA in March.

The premier said she is one of the oldest survivors of the disease in the province.

Katherine was at Huis Nuweland, a residential facility for the elderly when she contracted Covid-19. Winde says her son William Newman and Katherine’s family were worried when they heard the news, because of her age. She was not immediately hospitalised as caregivers and staff took care of her while she was in isolation.

After she started having difficulties breathing, doctors recommended that she be admitted to hospital.

“At Groote Schuur, she received the necessary care and treatment and, after improvement, she was transferred to the CTICC Hospital of Hope. There, she received further care and treatment resulting in her eventually being cleared of Covid-19 symptoms and ready to be discharged,” Winde wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

Doctors were in contact with the family who were updated about her condition. The best news was “there are no further concerns regarding her Covid-19 condition” and “she is no longer infectious”.

Katherine was described by family as someone who displayed tenacity her whole life. She worked hard to give her children the best life and education.

On July 3, she returned to Huis Nuweland where she was welcomed by her family and staff.

“Indeed this has been a very worrying time for the family. The fact that we could not see her while she was hospitalised was very sad and trying for the family. However in the context of Covid-19 protocols, we had to accept this knowing it was the best for everyone,” the family said.

They thanked doctors who ensured Katherine's full recovery and conveyed condolences to families whose loved ones lost the fight to Covid-19.

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