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World War II veteran, 98, on the mend within days

‘A trailblazer’: Recovering Covid-19 patient Jack Bowden with his son Mark PICTURE: SWNS

A WORLD War II veteran is believed to be the oldest person to survive the Covid-19 virus — at the age of 98.

Great-grandfather Jack Bowden was discharged from hospital three days after testing positive for coronavirus.

The former Royal Navy petty officer was diagnosed on Wednesday after taking ill with a water infection two days before but was discharged and returned to isolate in his care home in Bolton on Saturday.

Mr Bowden’s son Mark, 58, wrote a goodbye letter to his dad when doctors told him about the diagnosis.

‘I thought I’d never see him again. I wrote him a lovely letter and, within an hour, he rang me and said, “I think I’ve got the real thing”,’ he said. ‘But, by Friday, the nurses said he’s doing amazing and just had a mild chest infection.’

Doctors were concerned when Mr Bowden became confused and disorientated on Monday last week but he soon started to improve. His granddaughter, Nicola Hyams, said: ‘He’s complaining about having to stay in his bed.’

His daughter Joanne Drayson believes the ‘anti-viral properties’ in the medication for his water infection helped his recovery from Covid-19.

During the war, he worked on the production of penicillin and helped treat soldiers returning from D-Day. His son Mark added: ‘He was a trailblazer back then and he’s a trailblazer now.’