Sister André, a nun who was born in 1904, examined constructive for the virus on January 16, in line with David Tavella, communications director on the Sainte Catherine Labouré nursing dwelling in Toulon, southern France, the place she lives.
André, who was born Lucille Randon, confirmed no signs, Tavella informed CNN Wednesday.
“I did not know I had it,” André stated in an interview with CNN affiliate BFMTV. “No, I wasn’t scared as a result of I wasn’t frightened of dying.”
André is getting ready to rejoice her 117th birthday on Thursday. Though guests aren’t allowed on the dwelling, she’s going to obtain video messages from her household and the native mayor, in addition to participating in a video Mass, Tavella stated.
“We’re doing all we will to make her comfortable,” he stated.
André’s birthday meal will characteristic her favorites: foie gras, baked Alaska and a glass of crimson wine, Tavella added.
“She drinks a glass of wine each lunchtime,” he stated.
“Sister André’s birthday is going down at a very good time — it could not be a greater time, as a result of it is going to mark the start of massive festivities that can be organized round this enjoyable of our restrictions,” Tavella informed BFMTV. “Our residents will be capable of get out of their rooms, eat collectively, take part in actions.”
André labored as a governess and a instructor, instructing the kids to be “very well mannered,” she informed French TV station CNEWS. She grew to become a nun in 1944 and moved to the nursing dwelling in Toulon in 2009, Tavella informed CNN.
She has lived via two world wars in addition to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — she informed CNEWS she did not catch the lethal virus — and stays philosophical in regards to the coronavirus.
“It is going to come and go,” she informed BFMTV. “I do not know.”
André grew to become the oldest residing particular person in France in October 2017 following the demise of Honorine Rondello, and is the second-oldest French particular person ever, following Jeanne Calment, who lived to 122.