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A baby, just under three months old, left a Spanish hospital this week after spending almost all of its short life battling COVID-19, including spending time in intensive care.

“Petru is one of those exceptional cases where COVID-19 has severely hit a minor,” said Vithas 9 de Octubre hospital in the eastern port city of Valencia in a statement released on Thursday.

The child was born “in perfect condition” in October, but when he went home with his mother, he was infected by his brother, who was asymptomatic and had to be hospitalized at nine days.

He was immediately admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit after first showing “breathing problems and later feeding problems that required a complex rehabilitation process”.

His illness “caused great distress” to his parents, who “could only see him via video link … until he finally tested negative”.

Footage released by the hospital showed doctors and nurses applauding when his parents finally got him home and his mother seemed close to tears with emotion.

Severe cases of COVID-19 generally affect much older people.

In Spain, according to the Carlos III health institute, two thirds of the victims who died since May were over 80 years old.

Of the 21,382 confirmed cases in this age group, only 12 children under the age of two died during the same period.

Spain has so far counted more than two million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 52,000 deaths.

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