A 62-YEAR-OLD Bradford health worker has been able to return home to her family following a remarkable battle with COVID-19.

Healthcare assistant Ethel Collins was given a round of applause, as she left Bradford Royal Infirmary after 63 days there as a patient.

She had been in ICU and suffered a stroke because of the virus, before spending weeks on a respirator, fighting for her life.

Ethel has had to learn to talk, walk, eat and drink again.

Ward Manager, Senior Sister Kam Kaur, said: “Ethel has made a remarkable recovery. I’m delighted she is now well enough to go home and continue her recuperation with her family.”

Ethel, who has worked at Westbourne Green for the past 15 years, said: “Being put on ICU was a complete blur. My two daughters, Samantha and Sarah, were being prepared for the worst.

“I have had to learn to do everything again, but the support I have been given has been amazing. I have always said our NHS is the best service in the world, what they’ve done for me proves that.”

Dr Stuart Maguire, Consultant in Stroke Medicine, said: “Ethel has overcome a great deal during her time with us. She should be very proud of herself, as she has come a long way.”