Coronavirus: Capt. Tom Moore, WWII vet who held UK health care fundraiser, hospitalized with COVID-19

LONDON — The British World War II veteran who gained international fame after he raised about $45 million for U.K. health care workers is in a Bedford hospital after contracting COVID-19.

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According to The New York Times and The Associated Press, Hannah Ingram-Moore, the daughter of 100-year-old Tom “Captain Tom” Moore, shared the news about her father’s condition Sunday in a statement on social media.

“Over the last few weeks, he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing. He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.”

The statement continued: “The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable, and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.”

Ingram-Moore also wrote that the family will provide an update when possible.

Moore made headlines last April when he walked 100 laps on a patio in hopes of raising 1,000 pounds, or $1,370 U.S., for Britain’s National Health Service, according to the AP. Instead, he ended up raising 33 million pounds, or $45 million U.S., the news agency reported.

Three months later, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Moore, who served in Burma and India during World War II, according to the AP.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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