This cute baby boy has become a symbol of hope in Italy – after he won a 50-day battle against coronavirus.
Just six months old, Leonardo has recently returned home to Corbetta in the northern Italian region of Lombardy after defeating COVID-19.
His fight against the illness represents almost a third of his short little life.
Local mayor Marco Ballarini called Leonardo “the wonderful face of hope” and thanked the baby for helping to lift the spirits in the region.
“Today we have a reason to smile and be happy, to feel like we are part of a community,” Ballarini said.
“Today, we look at the wonderful face of hope.
“Corbetta welcomes home little Leonardo who has just been released from hospital after defeating COVID-19.
“Thanks a lot Leo, and thanks to your parents who never gave up. They brought summer to the hearts of all Corbetta citizens! Strength Corbetta!”
The baby’s mum told local media: “I was worried a lot, especially at night. I do not wish that on any mother.”
She said she knew her baby was ill when he had a fever and his heart rate quickened, adding that her husband’s colleague had been diagnosed with the virus.
The mother said little Leonardo was well treated by healthcare professionals.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Italy has registered 197,739 cases of COVID-19, 22,591 deaths and 64,620 recoveries.