At just six months old, a cute baby boy has become a symbol of hope in Italy after defeating coronavirus after a 50-day battle.

Leonardo has recently returned home to Corbetta, which is located in the northern Italian region of Lombardy after beating coronavirus. His 50-day long battle represents almost a third of his short life.

Local mayor Marco Ballarini shared the news on his Facebook page, praising Leonardo for being “the wonderful face of hope”.

“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 that she knew her baby was ill after having a fever and feeling his heart rate quicken. She said that he was treated well by healthcare professionals.

According to the latest figures, Italy has 101,739 cases of coronavirus, 11,591 deaths and 14,620 recoveries.

This article originally appeared on Over60.