This 95-year-old ‘Rani of Jhansi’ beats COVID-19, inspires others to fight the virus: Here's what she says
Lucknow: Maan Kunwar, from the historic city of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, was initially scared to see doctors in protective gear around her. Maan Kunwar even called one of them ‘betaal’, a ghost, but then she overcame her fears to defeat the coronavirus. At 95, Maan Kunwar is being hailed as the ‘Rani of Jhansi’. This is because of her indomitable spirit and the staff of Maharani Laxmibai Medical College now doesn’t mind her initial outburst. They said patients take time to adapt to the hospital environment at that age.
Dr Anshul Jain, the superintendent in-charge of the COVID-19 hospital, said Kunwar was worried initially. It was her first visit to the hospital after being infected by the virus. However, she adjusted well. Junior doctors made her talk with her family members through video calls and that relaxed Kunwar.
“The staff took care of her, provided ‘haldi’ milk and food at her bed. From the second day, she was comfortable,” Dr Jain said Wednesday.
Kunwar was asymptomatic when she was admitted to the hospital July 19. However, her test result turned out to be COVID-19 positive. Her grandson said she largely remains inside home and except for an episodic blood pressure, she has had no other medical condition.
After recovery, she was discharged July 25 but has been advised seven-day home quarantine according to the government protocol.
“When she was being discharged, one female resident joked, “Amma Ji, we are not betaal.” She replied, “Tum to beta pari si ho’ (you are like a fairy).”
All healthcare staff and other patients clapped as she walked out of the hospital. Kunwar’s recovery gave hope to thousands of patients still fighting the deadly disease.
“Such news of elder people recovering from COVID-19 is really encouraging. Generally, 70 per cent patients are psychologically tensed,” Dr Jain said.
The grandson said the family members were worried because of Kunwar’s age. However, after her discharge from the hospital everyone felt relieved. He said his grandparents married nearly 80 years ago but his grandfather died in 2003.
“Whoever has a good immunity does not lead a sedentary lifestyle. They have very good chances of overcoming this infection,” Jhansi District Magistrate Andra Vamsi said.