Europe’s oldest person has survived Covid-19 just before her 117th birthday

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A French woman at the Sainte-Catherine Labouré home near Toulon, who is Europe’s oldest person, has survived Covid-19, just days before her 117th birthday. She was born on 11 February 1904. She is also the second-oldest living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group’s (GRG) World Supercentenarian Rankings List. She is a blind nun and uses a wheelchair. Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andrée in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus on 16 January but didn’t develop any symptoms. She is considered fully recovered. She is even healthy enough to look forward to her 117th birthday on Thursday.

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“Sister Andrée showed no fear of the disease. On the other hand, she was very concerned about the other residents,” David Tavella, spokesman for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, said. Sister Andrée is not fearing death. “I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – to join my big brother, and my grandfather and my grandmother,” she declared. In January, 81 of the 88 residents of the facility tested positive and about 10 died. Lucile Randon worked as a governor and tutor before entering a convent in 1944, aged 40.