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Heartwarming moment WW2 hero, 99, is clapped out of hospital by NHS after beating coronavirus

A WORLD WAR TWO hero received a guard of honour from NHS nurses after recovering from coronavirus

Albert Chambers, 99, was clapped out by staff as he was discharged from Tickhill Road Hospital in Doncaster, South Yorkshire after beating COVID-19.

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As he was taken out in a wheelchair frontline medics lined up to show their appreciation for the veteran, who was wounded during the war and spent three years in a POW camp.

Albert thanked NHS staff in a video posted by NHS North East & Yorkshire on Twitter and said he is "a very lucky man".

Albert, who will turn 100 in July, said: "There's nothing I can say. Thank you very much. I appreciate every bit you've done for me.

"You couldn't have been better."

WAR HERO BEATS VIRUS

He had been receiving treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and was later admitted for rehabilitation.

But he started showing symptoms of the killer virus before testing positive.

Albert received oxygen as he was treated for the virus, which has killed nearly 8,000 Brits already.

A former Coldstream Guard, Albert survived the war despite being wounded in the leg in Germany.

He told the Doncaster Free Press: “I had a fall at home around three weeks ago.

“My neighbour helped me and I soon found out I had broken my arm.

"When I get home I’m going to tell all of my neighbours how marvellous the nurses are here. I want to say ‘thank you very much’ to them. I appreciate every bit of what they have done for me.

"“They couldn’t have been any better. I’ve been well kept and well looked after.”

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His grandson Stephen Gater told Doncaster Free Press his grandfather had enjoyed eating Marks and Spencer strawberry trifles as he recovered from the disease,

Stephen said: "My grandad is amazing. He’s pretty incredible.

"He’s not only survived the war and being in prison camp, now he’s won the battle with coronavirus."

Paige Lax, nurse who cared for Albert, said: “Albert has been a wonderful patient.

"He’s fought to get better. He wanted to get back home. He’s pretty amazing.”


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This week,a 101-year-old grandad became the oldest Briton to beat coronavirus as he was sent home from hospital.

Keith Watson, who had been battling the virus for two weeks, gave a thumbs up with nurses as he was discharged in a wheelchair.

Elderly people are among the worst affected by coronavirus, with 27 per cent of over-80s needing hospital treatment if they catch it.

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