FouA 75-year-old cancer survivor, who is also a Granddad, has beaten the coronavirus with just one lung after previously overcoming lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Two-time cancer survivor
William Burns, a former businessman from Irvine who is turning 76-years-old this Wednesday (April 29), is a living proof that miracles can still happen. The grandad has defied all odds and won his battle against coronavirus – despite having only one lung.
“It’s a miracle I managed to get through this,” William said. “But I have a really positive outlook and I believe in the power of the brain. There was never a moment when I thought I wasn’t going to make it.”
In 2007, William lost a lung after battling cancer. He had previously battled prostate cancer. But despite his age and previous condition, he was able to recover after contracting the coronavirus. William was in the hospital for four weeks.
Battle against coronavirus
The hospital staff and fellow patients gave him a standing ovation as he walked out of the hospital.
“The doctors sent me to hospital with no hesitation after asking a few questions,” he said. “All the staff at the hospital were superb and I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me while I was there. Everyone applauding as I came out of the ward.”
The first thing William did after being discharged was to have his hair cut.
“It’s lovely to be out. I’ve missed fresh air, without a doubt, and it feels great to be home and back in my own bed. It’s also been six weeks since I’ve had a haircut and my hair grows very quickly,” he jokingly said.
Beating the odds
William’s family was glad to have him home. The only communication they had with him was phone calls. Despite being alone, William courageously fought the virus.
“We’re all thrilled he’s come out the other end of this. He is a survivor. I couldn’t tell you how many times he’s had pneumonia over the last 12 years since he had lung cancer. He’s now managed to dodge another bullet here which is just amazing. He’s in great spirits,” William’s son Stewart said.
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