WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 102-year-old Italian woman recovers from the novel coronavirus after more than 20 days of stay in the hospital.
- Doctors called her “Highlander – the immortal” for the miraculous recovery.
- It turns out that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the first one the centenarian had survived.
A 102-year-old Italian woman who spent almost a month in the hospital, eventually recovers from COVID-19.
Italica Grondona is now heralded as “Highlander – the immortal” by the doctors who treated her, for having spent more than 20 days at San Martino Hospital in Genoa, Italy and then miraculously survived, considering that the pandemic is a threat most especially to the elderlies.
Dr. Vera Sicbaldi told CNN after the treatment, “Italica represents a hope for all the elderly facing this pandemic.”
Grondona’s symptoms which are mild, started showing early March. She was then rushed to the hospital for having “mild heart failure”.
Sicbaldi and the team realized while treating her that the centenarian has also survived another pandemic.
The last pandemic she lived through was the Spanish Flu Pandemic that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), killed no less than 50 million people around the world in 1918-1919.
Dr. Sicbaldi also shared that they got serological samples from the survivor as “she is the first patient we know that might have gone through the ‘Spanish flu’ since she was born in 1917.”
CNN says that on March 26, the “Highlander – the immortal” was discharged from the hospital to continue her recovery at a care home.
Because of her strength and determination, Grondona amazed a lot of people, even her family. That includes her nephew, Renato Villa Grondona.
In an interview with CNN, Renato says, “I don’t know what her secret is, but I know she is a free and independent woman… she loves life, dancing, and music. The virus surrendered in front of her.”