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World War II veteran with lung condition given Covid-19 all-clear

A WORLD War II veteran with a long-standing lung condition has been given the all-clear to go home after spending six days battling Covid-19.

Douglas Moore (pictured) was admitted to Kettering General Hospital after having a fall as well as suffering from a high temperature and cough.

The 98-year-old, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, said he felt ‘very special’ after nurses gave him a round of applause as he was discharged.

Mr Moore said: ‘They were very good to me in hospital and I felt very special when they gave me a clap and a cheer when I left.

‘I think they are all absolutely wonderful and the hospital is wonderful too.’

The war veteran served in the 8th Army as a signaller and was a pioneer in the use of radar in Egypt for spotting enemy planes, boats and mines.

Mr Moore’s daughter Margaret Tuffin said: ‘The reason an ambulance was called was because my dad had a fall and he was also coughing and had a temperature.

‘Fortunately he wasn’t badly injured in the fall, but they kept him in because he had coronavirus.

‘He has now recovered enough to come home — even though he has a long-standing lung condition.

‘Now he’s home he likes to sit in the garden and watch the world go by, and enjoys watching the wildlife.’

Mr Moore’s grandson, Lee Tuffin, also from Wellingborough, said: ‘My granddad is just an amazing man. He is always worried more about everyone else than himself.

‘His memory is surprisingly good for his age and everyone who meets him loves him, and they can’t get over the fact he is 98.’

Ward Sister Lucy Elliott, who works at Kettering General Hospital, said: ‘We were just so impressed with Mr Moore. He was lovely to look after and a very nice chap.

‘We wanted to give him a good send-off, so we did him a clap with all the team as he went off in his wheelchair to the ambulance to take him home.

‘We said we would miss him and he said he would miss us, too. It’s so great to see him recover from Covid and be well enough to go home.’