In a development that instills hopes, an aged couple from Kerala, Thomas and Mariyamma, who are 93 and 88 years old respectively, have been discharged from the hospital after they tested negative for coronavirus. On six different occasions, the doctors thought that they would lose the couple, however they emerged back. Also Read - Kerala's Tragedy: COVID-19 Claims 1 Life But Alcohol Ban Kills 9 in The State Amid Lockdown

In addition to battling the deadly virus, had a heart attack while hospitalised, she a bacterial infection and the nurse who attended them had also tested COVID-19 positive. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Migrant Workers Take to Streets in Kerala, Police Urge Them to 'go Back'

However, against all odds, the couple is now ready to be sent back to their home in Pathanamthitta. Rest of their family members, their son, grandson, daughter-in-law and 2 relatives were also discharged from the hospital on Monday after they tested negative for coronavirus.

For the hospital staff, it was an emotional moment and many of them had tears in their eyes while bidding goodbye to the family.

They got infected through their Italy-returned son

It is believed that the couple got infected through their son’s family who came back to Kerala from Italy on February 19. The aged couple and rest of their family members had visited the General Hospital in Pathanamthitta on March 6 where they were all tested positive.

However, after the treatment of the aged couple began, doctors later said that it was a miracle as they nearly lost them 6 times. The treatment started keeping in mind that they both had diabetes, hypertension and other age related issues but things became difficult with Thomas facing cardiac issues and chest pains.

They were both kept in the ICU as they did not want to be away from each other. However, later, their condition was stabilized and they were taken off the ventilator. After their release, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja applauded the hospital staff.

“It could be a rare a chapter in the treatment of COVID-19 as a person above 60 years is considered high-risk. Saving their lives could be called a rare achievement. I would say their survival was luck, as anything could have happened. There were six occasions when we thought we were going to lose Thomas. Also, God blessed them,” said Dr Sajith Kumar R, Head of Infectious Diseases Department at the hospital.