Describing herself as “very lucky”, Connie Titchen, a retired shop worker and great gran as she was wheeled out of hospital today becoming the oldest person in Britain to beat coronavirus.

Connie, who is a staggering 106 years old and lived through two World Wars has enjoyed a ‘really active life’ loving to ‘dance, cycle, and play golf’ during her more able years.

She was admitted to City Hospital in Birmingham in mid-March with a suspected case of pneumonia and was diagnosed with Covid-19 soon afterwards.

Connie beat the disease in under three weeks and now “can’t wait” to be home.

Granddaughter, Alex Jones said: “I think the secret to her old age is that she is physically active and very independent. She had a hip operation back in December and within 30 days she was walking again”.

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“She has always cooked for herself too, although she likes a cheeky McDonald’s every now and then. I haven’t told her they are closed”.

Adding: “She really is amazing and I know all the family can’t wait to see her. She has quite a few fans!”.

40-year old Alex went on to thank NHS staff for the care Connie received during her stay saying: “The care she received at the hospital has been brilliant and I can’t fault it”.

“During her stay I was kept up-to-date constantly by the nurses looking after her which made me feel so happy”.

“I want to thank the staff for all they have done for her during her stay”.

In response, Sister Kelly Smith who looked after the great grandmother-of-eight said: “It’s been fantastic to see Connie recover. She is amazing and we’ve been doing our best to nurse her back to health”. 

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“We were really pleased when she was given the all clear. It’s nice to see patients leave our ward after having beaten this virus”.

The coronavirus death toll has today risen to 12,868 as another 761 new deaths are reported in the UK.

This figure includes a 20-year old with no underlying health conditions reports say.

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Keep well, Connie and we wish you all the best as you rest up at home.