Scouse nan, 99, beats coronavirus and is the UK’s oldest survivor

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A 99-year-old Liverpool man is believed to be the oldest person in the UK to recover from a coronavirus.

Great-grandmother Rita Reynolds fell ill last Wednesday (March 25) and, after testing positive for the virus, the family was told to expect the worst as her condition deteriorated.

End-of-life medication was ordered and Rita was made comfortable by the dedicated staff at her nursing home.

But against all odds – and expectations – Rita fought back and started to get out of it and get better.

Rita was married to the late husband Ralph, a scientist, and they had three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.



Rita Reynolds for her 97th birthday with her grandchildren Henry Phillips and Mary Phillips, daughter Cindy Phillips and great-grandson Sebastien Phillips.

She was a driver during the war and survived a bomb that landed outside her house in Liverpool, 21, when she hid under the table after refusing to enter the air raid shelter because she wanted to read her book.

District nurses yesterday (April 2) said that she had recovered and that she was fine.

Rita’s proud grandson Henry Phillips joked that her incredible recovery was due to her diet of “marmalade sandwiches and cookies” – her favorite food.

The former Women’s Air Force driver is now looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday in July.

Henry, 37, an accountant, said, “I was sure that was it for her.



Rita Reynolds (far left) during her time with the Women’s Air Force (WAF) during the Second World War.

“When you hear everything you hear about the coronavirus, and a 99-year-old woman understands – she’s 99, so she’s obviously frail – I didn’t think there was any way to get over it. “

“But she seems to have done it. “

Jokingly, he added, “I don’t know how she got out. I don’t think she ever ate a vegetable or fruit.

“She lives on marmalade sandwiches and cookies, but has had a terrible diet all her life. She always just ate chocolates and cookies.



(L-R) Ralph and Rita Reynolds in 1948.

“But she never smoked or really drank.

“At home, they always ask her what she wants to eat and jokes that they don’t know why they ask her – every day, she only wants marmalade sandwiches.

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“Cookies, cakes and marmalade sandwiches – that’s probably what got him through. “

Staff at the vigilant nursing home initially called the doctor after Rita had trouble breathing, and she didn’t want to eat or get out of bed.

Henry’s mother, Cindy Phillips, who visited her own mother every day, kept a vigil at the bedside and was told to expect the worst.

He added, “Rita has passed the coronavirus test and returned as positive. She was not doing very well.



Rita Reynolds at her home in Liverpool after being bombed during the Blitz.

It’s something that has touched our whole lives at one point.

From the cradle to the grave, the National Health Service and the incredible professionals who care for us are part of British life.

Today, more than ever, we must cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, without worrying about their own health, because they work tirelessly to care for people facing the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and others – employed by the NHS and all other parts of health and care – we never needed it anymore.

So let’s show them some love and create a living card of gratitude from all over Britain.

Click HERE to place a heart on the map and show that you appreciate the daily efforts in the NHS.

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“They prescribed her end-of-life medication, even though she never took it.

“My mom, we told her she has a few days left.

“Mom was devastated. She goes to see her every day. My mom was worried about her death and not being able to be with her at the time. “

But on Sunday, nursing home staff said she was miraculously improving – and that she was able to eat something, and Wednesday (1), she “was going to recover.”

Henry said that the district nurses who visited her yesterday said they thought she was “on the other side”.

He added: “They said they no longer thought about the end of their lives and that they thought she had recovered from the virus.

“I don’t think they’re going to do the test again because I don’t think there is a point, but it looks like she made a miracle recovery.

It’s something that has touched our whole lives at one point.

From the cradle to the grave, the National Health Service and the incredible professionals who care for us are part of British life.

Today, more than ever, we must cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, without worrying about their own health, because they work tirelessly to care for people facing the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and others – employed by the NHS and all other parts of health and care – we never needed it anymore.

So let’s show them some love and create a living card of gratitude from all over Britain.

Click HERE to place a heart on the map and show that you appreciate the daily efforts in the NHS.

Thank you a million NHS workers – we love you.

“The district nurses came in and said that as far as they were concerned, she recovered. She is eating and looks good. “

Henry paid tribute to the Abbeyfield staff at Bramhall, Stockport, who continued to provide “incredible” care for his grandmother throughout his ordeal.

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