CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore – the 100-year-old Second World War veteran who inspired the world – is fighting Covid in hospital.
His positive diagnosis for the highly infectious disease came after the NHS fundraising hero was being treated for pneumonia.
Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthoodCredit: AP:Associated Press
How is Captain Tom Moore doing?
Captain Tom Moore was on Sunday January 31, 2021, admitted to Bedford Hospital.
His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, revealed in a statement on Twitter that her dad was struggling to breathe.
She wrote: “Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week treated positive for Covid-19.
“He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.
“[Captain Tom] is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.”
During World War Two, Tom was enlisted in 145 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps and was chosen for officer training in 1940, rising to the rank of captain.
He was posted to India and went on to serve his country in Burma, now called Myanmar.
NHS champ Captain Sir Tom Moore at his home in Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden, 2020Credit: PA:Press Association
During the first UK lockdown from March 23, 2020, his aim was to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden with the aid of a walking frame in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks.
The NHS champ then vowed to keep on walking while people were still donating.
As a result, Captain Tom went on to raise 32,796,355 for NHS charities – and won admirers around the globe.
The Queen duly knighted him in July, 2020, for his astonishing fundraising efforts.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen in 2020Credit: PA:Press Association
Timeline of Captain Tom Moore’s Covid battle
- January 2021: Captain Tom received treatment for pneumonia, which meant he was unable to receive his Covid vaccination as planned.
- January 31, 2021: The NHS champ was admitted to Bedford Hospital for help with his breathing, after being diagnosed with coronavirus.