The first Covid-19 positive patient at Darent Valley Hospital has fully recovered, and walked out of the hospital this week to a huge round of applause from staff.

Biniam Kidane, an 43-year-old father and Uber driver, waved and gave a thumbs up to the smiling NHS workers who lined the corridors in celebration.

Mr Kidane spent 12 days on a ventilator after becoming the first patient treated by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust to test positive for coronavirus.

The team at Darenth Valley Hospital said they were now wishing their patient a speedy continued recovery back on the outside.

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Mr Kidane had been on a romantic trip to Venice with his wife to celebrate Valentine's Day in February, but when he returned home to the UK he became unwell.

On March 22, he was admitted to the Dartford hospital and became the trust's first patient to test positive for Covid-19.

His condition worsened and he was taken into the intensive treatment unit (ITU), where he spent 12 days on a ventilator, the Trust added.

But with the help of the highly-trained NHS staff, Mr Kidane was able to recover enough to be discharged from the critical unit and into a ward, where he continued to improve.

After making huge progress, Mr Kidane was finally able to leave hospital after nearly three weeks, and was treated to a guard of honour.

He walked out into the world wearing a mask and supported by a cane, waving to staff clapping in their scrubs and face masks.



His wife was so thrilled he was able to leave intensive care on Tuesday that she bought pizza for everyone in the ITU.

Louise Ashley, chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Mr Kidane is now able to return home to his family having recovered from coronavirus.

"I would like to thank our teams here who provide such highly skilled, compassionate care and it is very encouraging that Mr Kidane has responded so well to treatment. We look forward to enabling more patients to return home, safely and well.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank not only our staff but also our local community for all the support and help they have so kindly given - it is very much appreciated."