Daughters use bucket truck to visit father, 93, who recovered from COVID-19

Daughters of a 93-year-old COVID-19 survivor used a bucket truck Thursday to celebrate his recovery with him. Janet Thompson and Susan Hicks said they have been on an emotional rollercoaster since their father, Fred Penney, was diagnosed with COVID-19. They haven’t been able to see him since, but now that he’s symptom-free they were able to check in on him through his second-floor window at the Courville at Manchester in New Hampshire.”I called my children just to let them know that dad made it and we are going to go see him,” said Hicks, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Penney has underlying health conditions, but his nurses at the long-term care facility, where 11 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, said he recovered well.”I think it bothered him that he had a fever more than anything, to be honest,” Thompson said.Because long-term care facilities can’t have visitors during the pandemic, Penney’s daughters used a bucket truck to get up to their father’s window. He showed off an award he was given for beating the virus.He also was able to see his grandchildren in England through FaceTime. Penney’s daughters said he appreciated the gathering, but he believes the attention needs to be on those still suffering from COVID-19.Staff members at the facility said it could be some time before families can visit residents in person because of COVID-19.

Daughters of a 93-year-old COVID-19 survivor used a bucket truck Thursday to celebrate his recovery with him.

Janet Thompson and Susan Hicks said they have been on an emotional rollercoaster since their father, Fred Penney, was diagnosed with COVID-19. They haven’t been able to see him since, but now that he’s symptom-free they were able to check in on him through his second-floor window at the Courville at Manchester in New Hampshire.

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“I called my children just to let them know that dad made it and we are going to go see him,” said Hicks, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Penney has underlying health conditions, but his nurses at the long-term care facility, where 11 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, said he recovered well.

“I think it bothered him that he had a fever more than anything, to be honest,” Thompson said.

Because long-term care facilities can’t have visitors during the pandemic, Penney’s daughters used a bucket truck to get up to their father’s window. He showed off an award he was given for beating the virus.

He also was able to see his grandchildren in England through FaceTime.

Penney’s daughters said he appreciated the gathering, but he believes the attention needs to be on those still suffering from COVID-19.

Staff members at the facility said it could be some time before families can visit residents in person because of COVID-19.