Stoke City fan Sid, 82, makes miraculous four-day recovery after being struck down with coronavirus – and is now back in his care home


An 82-year-old Stoke City fan has returned to his North Staffordshire care home – after making a ‘miraculous’ recovery from coronavirus.

Sid Lovenbury tested positive for Covid-19 after being rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital from Church Terrace Nursing Home in Cheadle.

His devastated wife Jean Lovenbury and his son Dave Lovenbury feared they wouldn’t get to their final goodbyes as Sid was placed on ward 117 which is closed to visitors to stop the spread of the deadly bug.

But much to their surprise Sid rallied round and after just four days was well enough to be discharged on Wednesday (March 25).

Sid – who has vascular dementia – will now be in quarantine in his room.

Dave admitted he had mentally grieved for his dad after receiving a call from Royal Stoke confirming his dad had coronavirus.

Sid Lovenbury has made a miraculous recovery

The 51-year-old said: “It all started when the care home rang to say he had a high temperature and they thought it was pneumonia which isn’t unusual for someone of his age. He was taken into Royal Stoke.

“It was then a huge shock to get a call to say he’d got coronavirus. We immediately thought that he wouldn’t be coming out of there alive.

“I even rang the care home to thank them for looking after him over the last year. We’d already done a little bit of mourning.

“As you’d imagine, we were then somewhat surprised to hear he was well enough to be discharged only days later. He’d had no respiratory problems. We were in disbelief. He’d made a miraculous reocovery.

“It’s been a very quick turnaround in fortunes and one that has left the family baffled, bemused, drained, elated and deflated in equal measure.

Stoke City fan Sid Lovenbury and his wife Jean in his care home room

“It contradicts everything we are hearing so I insisted on speaking to a senior doctor so seek clarity and explantion.

“Essentially this virus behaves in extraordinary ways: some people that you expect to die like my dad recover quickly  and some people you expect to recover are dying. It seems completely random.

“My dad responded well to powerful antibiotics and after four nights was well enough to be discharged.

“The virus treats everyone differently and the young are naive to they’ll be OK and it’s not necessarily curtains if you are old or high risk.

“I confess I’m a little confused, having prepared myself for my father’s bereavement and in some ways being relieved his suffering was nearing a prompt end.”

Sid with his wife Jean

Retired electrician Sid is originally from Leek but moved to Werrington in 1968 and has spent the last 14 months at his care home.

He was well known in his home town having played for Leek Town, Leek CSOB and other clubs. And he was also a Stoke City season ticket-holder for more than 50 years.

Dave, who now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had last seen his dad on his 82nd birthday on March 8, while Jean, aged 75, last dropped in on March 14.

But they are both banned from visiting for the next six weeks.

Dave added: “He has returned to the home to be isolated on his own and he can’t receive any visitors. He has to be washed by nurses wearing protective suits.

“He’s a hard man but he’ll be scared and confused.

“I’d like to thank both the Royal Stoke and the care home – they have been absolutely phenomenal.”





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