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Ninety-year-old ready to live a full life after patting away Covid-19

Pat Fullard was terrified she was going to die. Now that she is well again, all she wants is a proper family reunion

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Capetonian Pat Fullard, 90, wants the virus to 'go away' so she can sit down with her family again.
Over It Capetonian Pat Fullard, 90, wants the virus to 'go away' so she can sit down with her family again.
Image: Lynn Semple

Great-grandmother Pat Fullard had no symptoms besides fatigue, but she tested positive for Covid-19 on June 6.

Now, the much-loved matriarch from Cape Town, who celebrated her 90th birthday in November, has recovered fully, says her daughter, Dr Lynn Semple. She can’t wait to be reunited with her family, who visited her every day before lockdown.

“She was beside herself that she might die from Covid-19 when she hadn’t been allowed to see any of us since March. All her life she has been surrounded by her children and grandchildren,” Semple said.

Fullard, who is physically and mentally well, lives in a frail-care facility in a retirement village in Tokai, which went into lockdown on March 13.

When her temperature spiked, her GP tested for Covid-19, as required by the village. The result was a shock and Fullard was moved into isolation.

“We could phone her, and we did every day. She would say she felt fine, but she was so scared,” said her daughter of the nonagenarian.

“After the virus, she was very fatigued, but for the last week she has felt better. She says she can stay awake all day now.”

Her four children, six grandchildren and great-grandchild have been visiting her again, but have to talk to her through a microphone and glass partition.

“On Sunday she told us she can’t wait until she can actually sit and chat with us ... that the virus must go away!”

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