Europe oldest person turns 117 after surviving coronavirus. Today, Feb 11, after surviving COVID-19 last month and going through two world wars, the oldest citizen in Europe, French nun Sister Andre, turns 117.
Sister Andre, who was born Lucile Randon on February 11, 1904, said she did not know that she had contracted a coronavirus that infected 81 inhabitants of her retirement home in the southeastern city of Toulon and killed 10 of them.
The nun told AFP before her birthday, ” I’m told I got it,” “It is true that I was very tired, but I did not realize it.”
David Tavella, spokesman for the Sainte-Catherine-Laboure nursing home, said she was “David Tavella, spokesman for the nursing home of Sainte-Catherine-Laboure, said that she had ”
So it reinvigorates us on her birthday,” he added, following the deadly outbreak.”
Sister Andre said that for her 117th birthday she will not do anything special, but the house is organizing a party for her.
The chef is cooking a birthday feast with foie gras, capon fillet with porcini mushrooms and Sister Andre’s favorite dessert: baked Alaska, washed down with a bottle of wine, according to AFP. There will be a special mass at home, which has a dozen nuns.
She says lobster is her favorite dish and she loves a bottle of wine.
“Every day, I drink a small glass of wine,” she said.
She was born into a Protestant family in Ales and grew up as the only female among the three children.
The return of two of her brothers at the end of World War I was one of her fondest memories.
It was unusual because there were typically two deaths in families rather than two alive. Both of them have returned,’ she told AFP last year, on her 116th birthday.
At the age of 26, she converted to Catholicism and was baptized. At the comparatively late age of 41, she entered the Daughters of Charity society of nuns.
Sister Andre was first transferred to a hospital in Vichy, where she served for 31 years, and then, before moving to Toulon, spent 30 years in a nursing home in the French Alps.
According to the Gerontology Study Community, she is the second-oldest living human in the world, after Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman who is 118.
“When Sister Andre asked what she would say to young people, she said, “Be courageous and have kindness.