In a heartwarming moment, an 87 year old grandad has been pictured leaving hospital after successfully beating coronavirus.

The happy moment was captured by the granddaughter of the man, who took to Facebook to write a sweet message.

Ewart Lockton, from Manchester, had been in hospital for two weeks battling the virus, but was seen leaving after successfully beating it, holding on to the arm of an NHS worker.

“We all need to hear some positive stories…,” Sophie Edwards began, before detailing her grandad’s survival of the deadly bug.

“This is my 87 year old Grandpa saying goodbye to staff at North Manchester Hospital where he’s been for 2 weeks with Covid Positive Pneumonia.”

She continued: “He’s now finishing his recovery where he belongs, at home with my Grandma!”

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The happy member of the public then went on to thank NHS staff for all of their help, as she penned: “Thank you to everyone for all their kindness and support through a difficult time. And most of all… thanks to the NHS!!”

Sophie’s post about her grandad garnered a whole host of love, with 52,000 people sharing it and over 81,000 people liking it.

As well as this, comments of positivity were shared under the post, with one person writing: “What a man what a medical team good luck to you all.”

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Another added: “That’s good news!!,” and a third said: “Amazing news something positive to make us smile.”

The news comes as people across the UK get ready to applaud the efforts of the NHS and health workers today, Thursday 26 March.

The campaign, named #ClapForOurCarers, invites everyone to join together on front doorsteps, gardens, out of windows, on balconies or in their living rooms for a countrywide applause which is set to be huge.

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Celebrating doctors, nurses, GPs and carers, the UK's round of applause will give thanks to the people who have been put under pressure working around the clock, to help people in this time of uncertainty.

The superheroes in scrubs will be applauded after the NHS shared a message reading: "During these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful.

"Please join us on: 26th of March at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms etc) to show all nurses; doctors; gps and careers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.

"Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!"

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