Gold Coast man’s epic COVID-19 battle as no new cases recorded

An elderly Gold Coast man appears to have gained the upper hand in his mammoth battle with coronavirus, after finally been transferred out of intensive care after almost three months.

The 81-year-old was suffering COVID-19 related pneumonia and had been on ventilation at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

After weeks fighting for his life, the man’s condition has now improved and he was yesterday moved out of ICU to another ward.


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His improvement means there are now no patients in intensive care with COVID-19 across the entire state.

“I can only imagine how incredibly difficult a journey these months would have been for that man and his family,” Health Minister Steven Miles told State Parliament.

“I want to thank the staff at the Gold Coast University Hospital for their hard work and dedication.

“I’m told they celebrated with a small morning tea yesterday.”

It comes as Queensland recorded another day of no new coronavirus cases.

The State’s total remains at 1066 with just five of those cases still active, including three on the Gold Coast.

More than 264,000 tests have now been carried out in Queensland since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Wonderful news, thanks to our dedicated health workers.
A true fighting spirit, and may this man enjoy the rest of his life in full health.