Amid the uncertainty prevailing due to the rising COVID-19 cases and death toll in Assam, the news of a centurion beating the virus and returning home healthy has come as a whiff of fresh air.

The 100-year-old woman, Mai Handique, was among 12 residents and employees of an old age home in Guwahati who had tested positive for COVID-19 during a door-to-door testing drive in Hatigaon area of Guwahati earlier this month.

She was immediately shifted to the MMC Hospital in Guwahati where the doctors made special arrangements for her treatment.

Responding well to the medicines, Handique has now tested negative for the infection and was discharged from the hospital on September 16.

The MMC Hospital authorities gave a happy farewell to their patient, who in turn showered her blessings on them.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also expressed his happiness at Handique’s recovery and tweeted: “Steely resolve of 100-year-old Mai Handque is monumental. With brilliant support of doctors of MMCH, she defeated #coronavirus, giving us a lesson in having right will power. As she gets back to Mother’s Old Age Home, Hatigaon, Guwahati, I join my team in wishing her best.”

The day also witnessed a plasma donation camp by COVID-19 recovered jawans of Border Security Force (BSF), Frontier headquarter Guwahati.

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BSF Jawans of 41 and 67 Bn BSF under Guwahati Frontier donated their convalescent plasma at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

Many other personnel of BSF Frontier Guwahati, who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus infection, are also ready to donate their plasma to combat COVID-19 pandemic, a BSF spokesperson said.

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