Surat: ‘I won! I defeated the coronavirus'

SURAT: I won, the crown is defeated, Shah, 45, said after he left the isolation room of the New Civil Hospital (NCH) on Thursday night. Shah, the city's third Covid-19 survivor, was the first positive local broadcast case admitted to the NCH on March 21.

Kumarpal, an employee of a diamond company and a Nanpura resident, had contacted the first COVID-19 positive patient who died at Mahavir Hospital on March 22. His close friend Kaushik Mehta insisted that he should visit the NCH for a routine test after which he tested positive for the virus on March 21.

“The first COVID-19 patient was my boss and I was working at his diamond company in Mahidhapura. A day before his admission to the hospital, I went to his house to deliver a package of diamonds where I had a brief meeting with him. When the health authorities declared that I was COVID-19 positive, my friend Kaushik Mehta insisted that I should be tested at NCH. I went to the NCH where my test confirmed that it was COVID-19 positive.

I feel like I'm born again. I had no symptoms, not even a cough, cold, or fever. The doctors had given him only two medications and a syrup. The hospital staff was very supportive and caring, ”said Kumarpal, whose wife and two children are in the government quarantine facility at the Samras shelter on the VNSGU campus.

“I only have one message for COVID-19 patients and the general public. Don't panic, stay home and follow government guidelines. Our country will win the fight against the deadly virus, added Kumarpal.

“For the past 14 days, I have missed my two young children, Ratnam, 12, and Padmam, 6, - in addition to Pooja, my wife. They told me that their health is fine and that they can be released from the quarantine facilities on Friday, ”said Kumarpal.

When he arrived at his residence on Thursday night, he received a warm welcome from his neighbors and other members of the housing society. “They had prepared food and offered hot water to drink. I am lucky to have such friendly neighbors, added Kumarpal.