A 102-year-old woman has survived the coronavirus after contracting it while recovering from surgery in a local nursing home.
According t PIX 11 NY, The family of 102-year-old Sophie Avouris never thought she’d survive COVID-19 to celebrate another Greek Easter with them, but that’s exactly what happened.
“Happy Easter, YaYa. We love you so much,” Elizabeth Hurley, the granddaughter of Sophie Avouris, said via FaceTime. “We can’t wait to celebrate with you in person.”
The woman was recovering from hip surgery at Mary Manning Walsh nursing home when she contracted COVID-19 last month.
Avouris was the first known Coronavirus case at this Archcare facility. Her family never thought she’d make it but last week she was able to move out of the COVID unit and while the facility is still on lockdown, she was able to receive phone calls from family.
“We were able to wave and say Happy Easter to her,” Effie Strouthides, her daughter, told PIX11 News. “We were really delighted by this.”
“She just had such a great tenacity for life,” her granddaughter said.
Her family credits doctors and the drug hydroxychloroquine with saving her life.
“She came in for a broken hip and physical therapy and she was always so jovial,” Dr. Taimur Mirza, Avouris’ attending physician at Archcare’s Mary Manning Walsh, told PIX11 News. “She got that tough New York spirit.”