114-year-old Ethiopian monk survives coronavirus – National


An 114-year-old Ethiopian monk survived the coronavirus.Tilahun Woldemichael was released from a hospital on Thursday after almost three weeks. He received oxygen and dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid that, according to researchers in England, has reduced the number of deaths by up to a third in critically ill hospital patients.

Centennial Tilahun Woldemichael cries as he prays to God after spending weeks in hospital recovering from the coronavirus at his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 27, 2020. Mulugeta Ayene / The Associated Press.

The Ethiopian Minister of Health said the ministry recommended emergency use of the drug for COVID-19 patients requiring ventilation or oxygen.

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Tilahun’s grandson, Biniam Leulseged, said he had no birth certificate to prove the monk’s age, but showed a photo of him celebrating his 100th birthday.

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“He looked young at the time too,” Biniam told the Associated Press on Saturday.

He said he was moved when his grandfather was taken to the hospital, but “I am very happy because we are together again.”

Ethiopia has more than 5,200 confirmed cases of the virus.

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