The oldest person in Europe is 116 years old and has overcome Covid
The oldest person in Europe will celebrate her 117th birthday this week, she is a French nun called Sister André, and after testing positive for Covid, she has beaten the virus after self-isolating in her nursing home.
Lucile Randon, who adopted the name Sister André when she joined a Catholic charitable order in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus at her nursing home in Toulon, in the south of France, on January 16th. Subsequently she was isolated from the other residents but showed no symptoms.
Speaking to French television, Sister André said: “No, I am not afraid, because I am not afraid of dying. I am happy to be with you, but I wish I was somewhere else, with my older brother, my grandfather and my grandmother”.
Sister André was born on February 11th 1904 and is the second oldest living person in the world, according to the list of the Gerontological Research Group (GRG), and is only surpassed by Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka, who turned 118 on January 2nd.
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