A New York woman who was born during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 has survived COVID-19, according to nursing home staff and family members.
Angelina Friedman, a resident of the North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center, tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after she was taken to a hospital for a minor medical procedure, according to Amy Elba, an administrator at the nursing home.
After her hospital visit on March 21, Friedman had fever intermittently for several weeks while being isolated in her room, WPIX-TV reported. She finally tested negative for coronavirus on April 20.
"She was a fighter and she actually pretty quickly rebounded," said Elba. "She’s back to herself, she’s knitting as we speak."
Since her recovery, Friedman, who has lived at the nursing home for two years, has been able to get outside to enjoy the fresh air, Elba said.
Joanne Merola, Friedman's daughter told WPIX-TV that this is not the first pandemic her mother has lived through. She said Friedman was born on a passenger ship taking immigrants from Italy to New York City during the Spanish flu in 1918.
Friedman's mother died giving birth on the ship and eventually so did her 10 siblings, Merola said. Friedman and her husband, Harold, both had cancer but only Friedman survived.
“My mother is a survivor,” Merola said. “She survived miscarriages, internal bleeding and cancer.”
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