Just two weeks after George Boag-Munroe tested positive for coronavirus, the 98-year-old war veteran has fully recovered.
George was already at Aintree Hospital being treated for pneumonia when he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and only a few days prior, he’d had a significant fall at home, injuring his head and elbow.
Things weren’t looking good, but despite his family’s worst fears, George was cleared by his doctors to return home two weeks later.
“The nursing staff were amazed he recovered so quickly,” George’s granddaughter, Alison told the Liverpool Echo. “Even before he was discharged, he was dressed and up and about. At one point he was mistaken for a visitor who had made it to the ward!”
“He is still suffering slightly from his head injury and doesn’t understand the full impact of the virus that he has recovered from…He is unsure what the fuss is about, and I don’t think he realizes the severity of it.”
Before he was conscripted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1939, George grew up in Anfield and worked as a bike messenger in Liverpool.
George was a POW in World War Two. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese in February 1942 and held at camps in both Singapore and Thailand.
Having lost contact with him over the long period of captivity, George’s family in England feared him dead.
But he narrowly avoided death when the boat meant to transfer him to Nagasaki was, fortunately for George, torpedoed and sunk. The soldier was taken back to Thailand shortly before the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on the city.
George also survived working on the infamous Burma Railway despite all the tropical diseases he suffered, including malaria, beriberi, tropical ulcers, and cholera.
When George was finally safe at home, he’d lost his taste for travel and simply wanted to see Liverpool win the Northern League Cup that year. He is modest about his wartime past and still attends St. George’s Hall Service of Remembrance each year on Remembrance Sunday.
George will be 99 in November.