Paris (AP) – A 116-year-old French nun believed to be the second oldest man in the world has survived COVID-19 and is looking forward to celebrating his 117th birthday on Thursday.
The Gerontology Research Group, which examines the details of people thought to be 110 years of age or older, lists France’s Lucile Randont – the birth name of Sister André – as the second oldest known person in the world.
According to French media, Sister André tested positive for the virus in mid-January in Toulon, southern France. But only after three weeks is the nun considered recovered.
“I didn’t even realize I had it,” he told French newspaper Var-Matin.
Sister André, who is blind and uses a wheelchair, wasn’t even worried when she got her diagnosis.
“He wasn’t asking about his health, he was about his habits,” David Tavella, the nursing home’s communications manager, said the nun, told the newspaper. – For example, he wanted to know if his meal or bedtime schedule would change. He showed no fear of the disease. On the other hand, he was very worried about the other residents.
Not everyone in the home shared Sister André’s luck. In January, 81 of the 88 residents were positive for the virus, and about 10 of them died, according to Var-Matin.
After the doctors declared that the nun was no longer infected, she was allowed to attend Mass.