95-year-old leaves hospital after fight with pneumonia, coronavirus

95-year-old leaves hospital after fight with pneumonia, coronavirus
Updated: May. 4, 2020 at 7:14 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A 95-year-old woman is on her way home after spending more than three weeks in the hospital fighting pneumonia and the coronavirus.

Mary Eckstein, 95, had been at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital since she was diagnosed with severe pneumonia on April 16, Nanette Bentley with Bon Secours Mercy Health says.

The day after she arrived at the hospital, she tested positive for coronavirus.

Mary eventually had to be put on a ventilator for five days, Bentley says.

Once she made enough of a recovery, Mary would be discharged and able to go home.

Just as she was making progress, the hospital says her breathing troubles returned and she went back on a ventilator.

The 95-year-old continued to fight and finally, Mary was able to leave the hospital on Monday.

“There’s always hope,” says Bruce Eckstein, Mary’s son. "Everything I’ve read, people in her age group with all her medical problems, to pull through, it’s a miracle. She’s a fighter. A friend said she told her she can’t die, her boys need her, and I get emotional but it’s true.”

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