Gran who became UK's longest coronavirus patient finally leaves hospital

A grandmother believed to be one of the UK’s longest Covid-19 patients has finally left hospital – after battling the virus for a staggering 135 days.

Determined Paula McCarten, 57, left hospital yesterday (Wed) in an emotionally charged scene after spending nearly five months after contracting the killer virus.

The prison nurse spent over 100 days in ICU before she was finally able to be discharged – and is thought to be one of the UK’s longest Covid-19 patients.

The longest anyone in the UK has been hospital with Covid-19 is believed 141 days.

She was accompanied by her family as the hospital staff at Bradford Teaching Hospital who saved her life applauded her following her remarkable recovery.

Doctors, nurses, and carers are seen forming a guard of honour in the heartwarming video as Paula was wheeled out of the hospital yesterday (Weds).

Paula thanked the “wonderful” staff who nursed her back to health after defying the odds.

Paula, from Bradford, West Yorks., said: “The doctors, carers and nurses been absolutely wonderful. I’m so glad to be with my three sons, my husband supporting me and all my family.

“I’m so proud so proud to be able to say this message.”

The Ward 6 stroke unit, where she received rehabilitation, said she’d had a “phenomenal battle”.

Professor Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The best of happy endings to a story that lasted 135 days. Delighted to see you reunited with your family and on your way home.”