A Dublin woman who lost her husband to Covid-19 and is now battling the virus has shown "hopeful signs of improvement", said her eldest son.
ell McGroddy (79) had recovered sufficiently to resume walking with the aid of her frame, said her son Dominick.
The sorrow of the McGroddy family was highlighted in reports on the death last Sunday of Nell's husband.
John, who was 82, was a former motorcycle garda and retired businessman. He was receiving care for conditions including dementia.
"It's very heartening news about my mother and I hope it gives encouragement to many people around the country," said Dominick (55), who lives in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
Nell joined her husband John at a nursing home around 18 months ago after a number of health issues required extra care. She also suffers from dementia.
The couple's five adult children received many messages of support as they grieved for their father while continuing to worry about their mother.
Nell was found to have Covid-19 around two weeks ago before John was diagnosed with the infection. John's condition fluctuated in the days that followed but he succumbed last Sunday.
His funeral Mass was held at Saint Cronan's Church in Brackenstown, Co Dublin, with only a few family members present.
"My mother has received great care from the staff of the nursing home. She has a lot of the charm and wit that my father had and the staff have been showing her care and love," said Dominick.
While music and singing were important to John, Nell has enjoyed singing throughout her life, with Mary From Dungloe one of her favourites.
"The whole family used to 'plug into the kitchen table' to sing songs together over the years. She still enjoys music and it keeps her going," he said.
He said his parents won many friends around Swords. In later years, they enjoyed relaxing together in pubs such as The Old Schoolhouse.
"My mother is very proud to have been born and reared in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Her father was a training sergeant in the Garda Depot in the park where gardai used to receive their training and the family lived in apartments assigned for the trainers.
"We used to hear that my mother and her sisters would sit on a wall watching the new recruits arriving for training. So they saw when my father arrived. He was a carpenter from Co Donegal when he joined," Dominick said.
"Two of my mother's sisters and a brother joined the guards. My mother worked in Brown Thomas in Dublin where she once served Bing Crosby. My parents married and moved to Swords. They were like chalk and cheese first but they became two peas in a pod."
He said the family wished to thank the staff of the nursing home as they hope and pray that Nell, who has 10 grandchildren, recovers.
In a statement, the nursing home said: "We appreciate the family's supportive comments about our nurses, carers and all the staff, who are working tirelessly to look after all the residents during this very difficult time."