Geneva Wood was left so gravely ill by Covid-19 that she said her goodbyes to family after being rushed from the Life Care Center in Washington state to hospital earlier this month. Two-thirds of all residents there contracted coronavirus, with 35 killed by the Covid-19. Before losing consciousness, Wood vowed to daughter Cami through a glass that she would beat the virus, telling her: ‘I’m going to fight this for my family and make everyone proud.’ She was put on oxygen and seemed almost certain to lost her life as the virus attacked her lungs and caused severe pneumonia.
But last week, Wood began to rally. Days later, she was taken off oxygen and began to breathe independently. Cami added: ‘Everybody was surprised because she was in such bad shape. Nobody thought she was going to survive. ‘She wanted us to be proud of her. She didn’t want us to think she was going to give up.’ Wood has now tested negative for Covid-19 and will be officially given the all-clear if she receives a second negative result early next week. Her granddaughter Kate Neidigh explained that Wood moved into the home in January after suffering a stroke, and had been just days away from being discharged with she contracted coronavirus. Neidigh said: ‘News and reports from local and national officials had us believing this was a death sentence. ‘After all, she’d fought through, this virus would be the thing to take her? ‘Honestly, we were mad.’ After she was put in isolation, Wood requested homemade potato soup each day for lunch – and now credits that meal for helping boost her energy, and aiding her recovery from the virus. James added: ‘She’s tough as nails. She is definitely the type of person who could make it through anything… ‘Who are we to question the fighting spirit of a tough old’ Texas coot! ‘If anyone’s going to give the middle finger to a killer virus, it’s her.’ Neidigh wants her grandma’s recovery to offer hope to others whose elderly loved ones are infected with coronavirus, with sufferers over 80 running a one in eight chance of dying. She wrote in Seattle Refined: ‘There is hope. There is a positive story here. ‘Getting this virus is not necessarily a death sentence for the elderly or anybody,’