A 99-year-old Brazilian World War II veteran was recently discharged for the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia after recovering from the deadly coronavirus. Ernando Piveta had been a member of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force and was admitted to the hospital on April 6 after being treated in the facility’s ‘COVID ward’. While speaking to an international media outlet, the Brazilian Defence Ministry noted that the 99-year-old was also discharged on the same day as the 75th anniversary of the Taking Montese, which was a successful campaign by Brazilian troops in Italy during the war.
The video of the veteran being discharged on April 14 has taken the internet by storm. From a Deputy Government leader to the Brazilian Army’s official Twitter page, the video of the veteran has been shared by several official accounts. Netizens have been cheering the 99-year-old for successfully recovering from the deadly disease.
While sharing the video, the Deputy Government leader wrote, “Another battle won! At 99, a veteran of the Second World War, the 2nd Lt. Ernando Piveta is the oldest to recover from COVID-19 in Brazil. He had been admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital since April 6 and was discharged this afternoon. Smoking snakes, eternal is your victory!”
Mais uma batalha vencida!— Capitão Derrite (@capitaoderrite) April 15, 2020
Aos 99 anos, veterano da 2ª Guerra Mundial, o 2º Ten Ernando Piveta é o mais velho a se recuperar da Covid-19 no Brasil.
Estava internado no Hospital das Forças Armadas desde 6 de abril e recebeu alta nesta tarde.
Cobras fumantes, eterna é sua vitória! pic.twitter.com/u8HVfKTBLC
The Southern Military Command, while calling Piveta a “National Pride”, wrote, “Our veteran war hero of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force-FEB Ernando Piveta, 99 years old, after 8 days interned at the Hospital das Forças Armadas on account of # COVID19 is discharged, on the same day that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ‘Tomada de Montese’!”
Several netizens also lauded the 99-year-old and called him a 'hero'. While one user wrote "Congratulations warrior", another said, "My congratulations to the ex-combatant for the services rendered to the nation and also for his recovery. Congratulations to the medical team. Strength and honour".
Que fofoooâ¤â¤â¤â¤â¤â¤ pic.twitter.com/L7psbeuNWz— mulé enfurnada em casa (@suju_sam) April 14, 2020
The Ministry of Defence called it a ‘victory’. They said, “ a moment, the ex-combatant of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB), Ernando Piveta, 99 years old, admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital (HFA) since the beginning of the month, will be released from COVID-19. One more victory!”
Em instantes, o ex-combatente da Força Expedicionária Brasileira (FEB), Ernando Piveta, de 99 anos, internado no Hospital das Forças Armadas (HFA) desde o começo do mês, receberá alta da Covid-19. Mais uma vitória! ð§ð· pic.twitter.com/423Fi6bRvR— Ministério da Defesa (@DefesaGovBr) April 14, 2020