Visakhapatnam: Smiles have returned on the faces of doctors after a four-month-old COVID positive patient was declared infection-free and discharged from the VIMS Hospital in the Vizag city in Andhra Pradesh, on Friday.

Hailing from a tribal hamlet under Rampachodavaram Mandal in East Godavari district, the baby has become the youngest patient to test positive for COVID-19.

The boy was put on ventilator after he was admitted to VIMS Hospital in a critical condition on May 25. A core team of doctors including pediatricians, pulmonologists, and physicians was formed to treat the youngest COVID patient.

Their efforts bore fruit when his tests came back negative after 18 days. The boy had undergone tests twice and on both occasions, his reports came back negative.

Vizag District Collector V Vinay Chand and Director of VIMS Hospital Dr. V Vara Prasad said the case was a challenge for the doctors. “We took extreme precautionary measures. We are happy that the boy has recovered,” they said. The boy's mother T Lakshmi expressed happiness over the recovery of her son.

Earlier, Krishna district witnessed the recovery of a nine-month-old baby.

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