102-Year-Old Woman Lived Through The 1918 Flu And Has Beat Coronavirus – Twice

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Angelina Friedman is one tough woman!

She is also a survivor – in every sense of the word.

When she was a baby, she lived through 1918 flu. Throughout her life she survived cancer, internal bleeding and sepsis. In April, she survived coronavirus — twice.

Friedman’s daughter, Joanne Merola, told CNN that her mother just survived a second positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Friedman lives at the North Westchester Restorative Therapy & Nursing Center and was first diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March. She contracted the virus after visiting a hospital for a basic medical procedure. She quarantined in her room for two weeks, battling a high fever off and on throughout that time. She was cleared of the virus on April 2oth.

Back in October, Friedman’s daughter received a call from the nursing home saying that her mother had tested positive again for COVID.

“She had symptoms — fever, a dry cough,” Merola said. “They thought she might also have the flu.”

Although Friedman has lost most of her hearing and has poor vision — she lives her life without fear, happy and full of love!

Friedman’s enthusiasm certainly didn’t come without any hardships however. In 1918, Angelina Sciales (now Friedman) was born on a ship that was transporting immigrants from Italy to New York City. It was in the midst of the 1918 pandemic. It’s not believed that the baby contracted the disease.
Her mother died giving birth, and her two sisters helped her survive until they could reunite with their father in New York, where they lived in Brooklyn, Merola told WPIX earlier this year.
Merola’s mother and father battled cancer at the same time, but her father died.
One of 11 children, Friedman is the last surviving.
Yet Friedman continues to be a source of joy and entertainment for those around her. She’s a big knitter and makes all kinds of things for visitors. She got a big party for her 101st birthday and last year she was crowned prom queen.
“She’s not the oldest to survive Covid,” Merola told WPIX, ” But she may be the oldest to survive it twice.”