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'The miracle man': 'Lazarus' O'Brien (85) defies odds to return home after surviving coronavirus

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Happy family: Kyran O’Brien returns home to Finglas where he was met by wife Pat and their family from back left, granddaughter Megan, daughters Lisa and Debbie and (in front from left) son Kyran Jnr, grandaughter Rhea (5) and grandson Sean. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Happy family: Kyran O’Brien returns home to Finglas where he was met by wife Pat and their family from back left, granddaughter Megan, daughters Lisa and Debbie and (in front from left) son Kyran Jnr, grandaughter Rhea (5) and grandson Sean. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Family and friends lined the road for his return. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Family and friends lined the road for his return. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Happy family: Kyran O’Brien returns home to Finglas where he was met by wife Pat and their family from back left, granddaughter Megan, daughters Lisa and Debbie and (in front from left) son Kyran Jnr, grandaughter Rhea (5) and grandson Sean. Photo: Steve Humphreys

An 85-year-old man who defied the odds and survived Covid-19 despite battling other life-threatening issues for almost a year was given a hero's welcome when he returned to his home in Finglas yesterday.

Kyran O'Brien was not expected to live long - even before he contracted the killer virus at the end of April.

But to the delight of his wife of 52 years, Patricia (81) and their adult children Lisa (45), Kyran Jnr (48) and Debbie (51), Kyran Snr - whom medical staff nicknamed 'Lazarus' and 'The Miracle Man' - rocked up to the family home on Griffith Road in Dublin where he was cheered on by family and friends.