Girl, one, stuns family by beating coronavirus despite suffering from heart defect and chronic lung disease after being born prematurely
- Leah Peters, from Coningsby, Lincolnshire, was born at 32 weeks and five days
- She was taken to the emergency department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital at the end of March after she developed a cough and had low heart stats
- Leah is now one of the youngest patients in the country to beat coronavirus
- Family branded youngster a ‘little fighter’ when she was sent home the day after testing positive for COVID-19
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
A one-year-old girl has beaten coronavirus despite being born prematurely with a congenital heart defect and chronic lung disease.
Leah Peters, from Coningsby, Lincolnshire, has spent much of her young life in and out of hospital for operations and treatment, with her parents admitting they feared it would be a ‘real struggle’ for their daughter if she contracted coronavirus.
But resilient Leah stunned her mother and father, Agata and Michael Peters, when she was sent home the day after testing positive for COVID-19, leading them to brand her a ‘little fighter’ who had ‘surprised us all.’
Leah Peters, one has beaten coronavirus despite being born prematurely with a congenital heart defect and chronic lung disease
Leah was taken to the emergency department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital at the end of March after she developed a cough and had low heart stats.
The little girl was born prematurely at just 32 weeks and five days, which meant her underlying health conditions included a chronic lung disease which she has had since birth.
Speaking after her return home, Leah’s mother, Mrs Peters, said: ‘A few weeks ago we noticed that Leah had a bit of a cough, but living in a house with us and her two older sisters, Natalie aged four and Emily aged five, we assumed it was a cold or another bug they had brought home and were not overly worried.
‘Because of Leah’s heart condition we have a nurse come to visit her at home every week.
‘The nurse took her stats and as they were a bit low and combined with the cough she called an ambulance and we were taken to the emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital where she was given oxygen and she picked up a bit.’
She continued: ‘It was only later when we were on the ward that we heard that she had tested positive for coronavirus.
‘We really were surprised. Because of Leah’s existing conditions we had talked about coronavirus and feared if she caught it she would really struggle.
‘But she is a little fighter and has surprised us all. She was sent home the day after we received the test results and is doing really well at the moment.’
Mrs Peter also praised the hard working NHS staff who had treated Leah, saying: ‘All of the NHS staff have been amazing.
‘Even through all of the protective personal equipment (PPE) they have to wear, they have been so sweet and caring.
‘We couldn’t have asked for any more from the team at Boston. Thank you just isn’t enough, it doesn’t describe how grateful we all are.’
Leah was taken to the emergency department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital (above) at the end of March after she developed a cough and had low heart stats
Leah is one of the youngest patients in the country to beat coronavirus.
She is set to have further surgery in the summer to combat her congenital heart defect.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust deputy chief executive Mark Brassington said: ‘Staff across the NHS and social care in Lincolnshire and across the country are going above and beyond, doing everything they can to care for patients like Leah.
‘It really does lift all of our spirits to hear how well she is now doing.
‘Leah is among more than 130 patients diagnosed with coronavirus who have already been able to leave our hospitals to continue with their recoveries.
‘Our message to everyone reading Leah’s story is thank you for supporting the NHS and doing your bit by staying home. It really is making a difference so please keep it up.’
The UK has today announced 450 more coronavirus deaths – the fewest for a fortnight.
England declared 429 deaths, Scotland 12 and Wales nine. Northern Ireland has yet to announce its daily update, and an all-UK round-up with an adjusted total is expected later this afternoon.
The number is a fall on the 596 fatalities announced yesterday, Sunday, and half as many as the day before that (888). It is the lowest number since April 6, when 439 victims were confirmed.
Although the statistics are known to drop after a weekend, the sharp fall adds to growing evidence that the peak of the UK’s epidemic has blown over.
It comes as a medicine professor at the University of Oxford has argued the peak was actually about a month ago, a week before lockdown started on March 23, and that the draconian measures people are now living with were unnecessary.
Professor Carl Heneghan claims data shows infection rates halved after the Government launched a public information campaign on March 16 urging people to wash their hands and keep two metres (6’6′) away from others.
He said ministers ‘lost sight’ of the evidence and rushed into a nationwide quarantine six days later after being instructed by scientific advisers who he claims have been ‘consistently wrong’ during the crisis.
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