Plucky pensioner Eddie Moss, 88, nicknamed ‘Eddie the Eagle’ by care staff, has returned to his care home after beating the coronavirus.
The former army medic spent 10 days at Wigan Infirmary after being admitted with a cough and slight confusion before returning to Ideal Carehomes’ Ash Tree House in Hindley.
On returning to his care home after his 10-day battle, Eddie, who has lived at Ash Tree House since July 2019, said: “I am recovering and very happy to be back here. I’m just glad to see you all!”
Home Manager, Chris Durnan, said: “I can’t put into words how happy we are to have ‘Steady’ (Eddie) back at Ash Tree House. He is a big character in the home and we are very glad to be able to help him get back on his feet and enjoying doing the things he loves around the home such as singing and bingo! I hope his return has given everyone the reassurance that this can be beaten.”
The great grandad has been unable to see his daughter, son and grandchildren, for the last eight weeks, due to lockdown rules, and was unable to communicate with loved ones while he was being treated.
Granddaughter Stef Hall, from Atherton, said: “We’re a very close family and in normal circumstances grandad would have had his family at his bedside. It was very difficult not to be able to see him during this time, especially for my children Calum and Poppy who are very close to him – and potentially not knowing whether we would see him again.
“It’s heart-breaking that so many other families have lost loved ones and have not been able to be with them in their final moments and we were terrified we would face the same situation.
But we should have learned by now not to underestimate him, he is a fighter!
“We can’t describe how blessed we feel that he is recovering, and even though we still can’t visit him, we know he is safe and well looked after by Ash Tree’s staff.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Eddie during his days as an army medic