87-year-old recovers from COVID-19 at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

A former senior journalist, the patient is also a cancer survivor, and suffering from co-morbidities like dementia and diabetes

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Diabetes, Dementia, Dr Rajesh Chawla, Nursing care


With the world fighting  the covid pandemic that has been proving lethal especially for the elderly, there have been several examples of people in their advanced years who have displayed immense endurance and strength and have successfully recovered from COVID 19.


 Eight seven-year-old KPK Kutty from Delhi recently became one of the oldest persons to have successfully battled COVID-19 , despite suffering from multiple comorbidities such as diabetes and  dementia. Kutty has also been a cancer survivor and was cured a decade ago.

A former senior journalist, Kutty was tested positive with COVID 19 on 1st June after experiencing mild symptoms of shortness in breath, fever and cough. While his family was asked to stay quarantined at home, he was immediately admitted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, under the supervision of Dr Rajesh Chawla, senior consultant, Critical Care, Respiratory Diseases and Sleep Medicine in Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.

Under Dr Chawla’s supervision, Kutty was kept under observation where his diabetes was controlled so that the symptoms of COVID 19 do not flare up. He was treated as per the guidelines given by the Government of India for COVID 19 and made remarkable improvement within first ten days.

Supervising his condition Dr Chawla, said, "People who are at an advanced age and have multiple co-morbidities are the ones under maximum threat of COVID 19 and its fatalities, their immune system over the years has degraded so much that they become more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Also due to pre-existing conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or kidney disease their body’s ability to fight infectious diseases weakens."

Similarly in this case though Kutty had mild symptoms, but given his age and multiple comorbidties, it was important to monitor his condition every minute. "He also has been a cancer survivor hence COVID 19 posed a greater threat to his life.  Considering all odds that were not in favour of Kutty, it was his will power and inner strength that gave him the courage to fight this virus so bravely at such an advanced age. Fortunately on the 10th day of admission Mr Kutty tested negative and was discharged after 4 days of observation,” he added.

Describing his experience, Kutty’s son said, “ We had extreme faith on my father’s fighting spirit which has been an inspiration for all of us. I would also like to thank the nurse incharge who not only attended to my father like family but also made sure that we get regular updates via video calls. Nurses are indeed the unsung invisible soldiers of this invisible enemy.”