ITHACA, N.Y. –– Cayuga Medical Center released a 93-year-old coronavirus patient on Tuesday after 43 days away from her family.

Margaret Melens of Horseheads, NY was admitted on April 14 and was happy to return to her daughter’s home after being met with applause by the CMC staff.

“I would like to recognize our doctors, nurses, and everyone that cared for Ms. Melens” stated Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “This story is unique, and it is with great pleasure that we were able to celebrate her recovery today. It provides us all with a wonderful feeling of hope during this pandemic.”

Melens is expected to make a full recovery.

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