Meet the 100-year-old NS woman who beat COVID-19

Kathleen Murphy's family credits the staff at Northwood long-term care facility for helping them stay optimistic after the unsettling diagnosis.
By: Madeleine Hall
May 09, 2020
Photo: Jen Warrington

Kathleen Murphy celebrated her 100th birthday on March 22nd. Shortly after, she was one of the unlucky residents at Northwood, a long-term care facility in Halifax, NS, to contract COVID-19. Last week, however, her family got the uplifting news from staff that Murphy had made a full recovery.

"We were saying if anyone could beat it, it would be Nanny. She's always had such an even outlook," Murphy’s granddaughter Kim Stewart told CBC.

Murphy's family credits the staff at Northwood for helping them stay optimistic after her diagnosis. They provided the family with daily updates, and relayed cards, messages, and letters to Murphy to help keep her spirits up. "[They] gave us an honest update every day — whether she was sitting up, whether she was able to eat. And that really gave our family something to look forward to daily," said Stewart, who describes last week's phone call from Northwood announcing her grandmother’s recovery as “...better than Christmas.”

The family hopes to celebrate Murphy’s milestone birthday in person once all social distancing restrictions have been lifted with a big family reunion, featuring "food and music and just lots of love."

Source: CBC



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