Grady-Finn's 'ordeal' over as he comes home to Corby and his devoted family

Corby Business Academy student had been hospital for ten days while being treated for Covid-19

By Alison Bagley
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 2:10 pm

A Corby teenager who was diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus has been allowed home after spending ten days being treated for the disease.

Grady-Finn Stevenson, nicknamed 'Smiler' by his mum Lindsay Ingram, had been admitted to Skylark Ward with what she thought was just 'another' chest infection but tests revealed he had caught Covid-19 before admission.The 17-year-old, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, had spent more than a week in an isolation room with Lindsay and husband Patrick by his side, taking turns on a bedside vigil whilst little sister Willow-Poppy waited anxiously at home.

Last night (Thursday, April 2) Grady-Finn was allowed home to Corby where the siblings were reunited and in a Facebook message mum Lindsay wrote: "So because Grady has done so well, being off his oxygen today, we were allow to take him home tonight.

A delighted and much-recovered Grady-Finn with the Corby Telegraph that featured his recovery from Covid-19

"As you can see these two are so happy being back together again. Our family have become four once again.

"Thank you each and everyone of you who have supported us throughout this ordeal.

"Your messages, prayers, hearts and videos helped us get through this and put a smile on Grady's face so a massive thank you."

Willow-Poppy, 12, who attends Corby Technical School, kept herself busy at home, while her parents were in Kettering General Hospital, creating a support group for her brother called Grady's Green Hearts.

Grady-Finn, 17, with his 12-year-old sister Willow-Poppy who set up the Grady's Green Hearts Facebook page

Willow-Poppy, a Corby Junior Carnival Princess, chose Grady-Finn's favourite colour green for the hearts, the same colour his favourite football team Celtic plays in.

Friends, family and supporters from across the world have been posting messages of support including from Celtic Football Club, comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown and UWE wrestlers, Grady-Finn's favourite sport.

Lindsay wrote to express her thanks to the team at Kettering General Hospital who clapped as he was discharged from the ward.

She said: "This is a big thank you to all the doctors, nurses and playteam specialists who look after Grady on Skylark Ward and I don't just mean the past ten days but the past 17 years. The ward is like a home from home to us and each of you have been amazing in your own way, your always there to support us in any which way you can and make Grady feel at ease.

Grady-Finn is known as 'Smiler' to his family

"Having so many familiar faces over the years has made some difficult times a lot easier. Knowing that you all know Grady so well helps too.

"Walking off the ward tonight with Grady was emotional as things could have been quite different but I didn't expect him to get around of applause so thank you."

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