114-Year-Old Ethiopian Monk Beats Coronavirus

An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian monk who is over 100 years old has been reported to have recovered from Coronavirus.

The centenarian, whose real age is not known because of lack of birth certificate but believed to be above 100 years said while he was admitted into the hospital he was praying for his health and for the whole country to be healthy again. He added that after the recovery, he is a now being looked after at home by his grandson.

Dr. Hiluf Abate who treated him explained how he was diagnosed of Covid-19 saying that Aba Tilahun tested positive for the virus when a random screening process took place in his neighbourhood in the capital, Addis Ababa, and was admitted to hospital before the symptoms showed.

The medical personnel said Aba spent two weeks on bed before he could recovered from the virus.

Although the hospital cannot confirm that its patient is 114 years old as claimed by the family, the medical team says that he is definitely older than 100 and estimates that he is 109.

The old man is said to have witnessed the Italian occupation between 1935 and 1941, the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, the collapse of the Marxist Derg regime in 1991, and now he has survived Covid-19.

His 24-year-old grandson, Binyam Lulseged Tilahun added that for years he has lived a simple life as a monk; “Aba” is a title meaning “Father”. But when he was younger he worked as an electrician, house painter, and general handyman.

(source:BBC)

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