Sister André: Nun in France Survives Covid, Celebrates 117th Birthday

Date: 2021-02-11 16:36:57

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A 116-year-old French nun has become one of the oldest people to survive COVID-19.

French media reported that Lucile Randon, whose religious name is Sister André, tested positive for the virus in January in the southern French city of Toulon.

Three weeks later she had recovered, and on Tuesday was looking forward to her 117th birthday in two days time.

Speaking in an interview shown on French broadcaster BFMTV, Sister André said she didn’t realise she had contracted COVID, but had noticed she had been “very tired”.

The nun, who is blind, did not even worry when she heard the news of the diagnosis.

“I wasn’t scared because I’m not scared of dying,” she told David Tavella, the communications manager for the care home where she lives.

Not all shared Sister André’s luck: In January, 81 of the 88 residents of the facility tested positive and about 10 died, according to the newspaper.

The nun is now reportedly officially cured – she was allowed to attend Mass.

She is the second-oldest known living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which validates details of people believed to be aged 110 or older.

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