Angelina Friedman Wiki – Angelina Friedman Biography
Her daughter says Angelina Friedman, a 102-year-old New York woman who experienced the 1918 flu epidemic and survived cancer, has now defeated the coronavirus twice.
Angelina Friedman 102 years old beats the coronavirus
Friedman was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, after he was transferred from a nursing home on Lake Mohegan to a hospital for a minor leg procedure.
Joanne Merola, her daughter, said the diagnosis came as a surprise since her mother was not sick.
“He was never really symptomatic the first time. The worst symptom he had was perhaps 10 days of fever,” Merola said in a telephone interview Thursday.
Friedman spent a week in the hospital before returning to the North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center to recover. His daughter said he tested negative for the virus in April.
But in October, shortly before Friedman’s 102nd birthday, he was diagnosed with the virus again.
“He had a cough, was lethargic, had a fever again,” Merola said. “The first time you didn’t know he was sick.”
Friedman was isolated and treated in the nursing home. He was able to return to his room after receiving two negative test results last month.
Merola said that her mother was happy and healthy, and in one of her last phone calls she spoke for about 30 minutes about crochet, an activity Friedman liked.
She said she hoped her mother’s story would give people hope.
Friedman was born on a cruise ship that brought immigrants from Italy to New York during the Spanish flu epidemic in October 1918, NBC member WWBT reported in April. His mother died during childbirth.
Nearly deaf and having lost most of his vision, Friedman left behind 10 siblings and her husband.
Merola said, “My mother has lived through a lot in her life. You cannot give up. You have to fight. My mother has a desire to survive like I have never seen before.”