KAHRAMANMARAS, Turkey

A 55-year-old chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient was released from a hospital in southeastern Turkey after overcoming the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

Suleyman Ipbuken was taken to the hospital on March 23 due to a high fever. His first COVID-19 test came negative, but he was kept under close watch as a possible case. His second test came positive.

Leaving the hospital, Ipbuken thanked all the medical staff who helped him recover.

Respiratory problems including COPD can prove lethal for COVID-19 patients.

“I also have diabetes,” said Ipbuken, who will continue to stay at home under quarantine,

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