A 113-year-old woman – believed to be the oldest woman in Spain – has recovered from the coronavirus, officials have said.
Maria Branyas, who was born in the US, became infected in April at the Santa Maria del Tura care home in the eastern city of Olot, where she has lived for the past 20 years, and fought the respiratory illness off in isolation in her room.
The news of her recovery means Branyas has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and 2020’s Coronavirus pandemic.
Maria Branyas, a mother of three who was born in the US, became infected in April at the Santa Maria del Tura care home in the eastern city of Olot, Spain.
“She survived the disease and is doing fine,” a spokeswoman for the residence told AFP, adding Branyas had only displayed mild symptoms.
“She feels good now, she took a test last week and the result was negative,” the spokeswoman said
“Now that she is well, she is wonderful, she wants to speak, to explain, to make her reflections, it is her again,” her daughter tweeted.
When asked the secret to her long life, Branyas said; ‘I’m just lucky to enjoy good health”.
Spain officially has 228,000 cases with 26,920 deaths.
La anciana más longeva de España, con 113 años, supera la COVID-19.
La catalana María Branyas también es a partir de ahora la persona de más edad en superar el coronavirus después de hacerlo en la residencia en la que vive en Olot, Girona.https://t.co/6bDcty9sYJ #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/pubB2FTmu3
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