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Colleagues applaud as nurse leaves hospital after ‘remarkable’ COVID-19 recovery

Orlando Fulgencio had spent more than a month in critical care with the disease


Colleagues clap as Orlando Fulgencio leaves Eastbourne District General Hospital Picture: PA

An NHS nurse who spent seven weeks being cared for in the hospital where he works after contracting COVID-19 has been discharged to applause from colleagues.

Nurse spent more than a month in critical care

Orlando Fulgencio left Eastbourne District General Hospital in East Sussex to cheers from staff who lined the corridors to celebrate his ‘remarkable recovery’.

The nurse, who works on a frailty unit, spent 32 days in critical care before being transferred to the hospital's Jevington Ward, where he once worked, to continue his recovery.

Grateful to the NHS staff who cared for him

Speaking after he left critical care in May, Mr Fulgencio said: ‘I would like to thank the doctors and nurses and everyone who has helped look after me in hospital, especially the critical care team.’

Critical care matron Philippa Hartland said: ‘He has had a tough battle and made a remarkable recovery. Seeing any patient recover from this virus is special but it is even more special when it is one of our own nurses.’

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