116-Year-Old Nun Survives COVID-19

by Jennifer Shea

A nun who is about to turn 117 beat the coronavirus after testing positive last month.

Nun Beats Virus, Turns 117

The French nun, Sister Andre, whose name is Lucile Randon, is the second-oldest living person in the world, per the Gerontology Research Group, Fox News reported. The Gerontology Research Group validates the life spans of people age 110 and older.

Along with 80 other residents of the care facility where she lives, Sister Andre tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-January. The facility, which is in the southern French city of Toulon, also saw 10 deaths from the virus.

However, three weeks after she tested positive, Sister Andre is now back to normal. She’s blind and still uses a wheelchair, but she’s got the virus licked.

“I didn’t even realize I had it,” the nun told the Var-Matin newspaper.

Thinking About Others First

When she learned she’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus, Sister Andre kept her cool. David Tavella, the communications manager for the care facility, told Var-Matin her main concern was for the other residents.

“She didn’t ask me about her health, but about her habits,” he said. “For example, she wanted to know if meal or bedtime schedules would change. She showed no fear of the disease. On the other hand, she was very concerned about the other residents.”

After recovering from the virus, Sister Andre managed to attend Mass for the first time in a month. 

The nun responded frankly to a question from a French broadcaster: had she been afraid to get the virus?

“No,” Sister Andre answered. “I wasn’t scared, because I wasn’t scared to die.”

“I’m happy to be with you,” she added. “But I would wish to be somewhere else – to join my big brother, and my grandfather and my grandmother.”

During the course of her illness, Sister Andre isolated away from the other residents in the facility until she had recovered. Her birthday, Feb. 11, will feature a smaller celebration than in previous years. But at least she’s alive to see it. 

“She has been very lucky,” Tavella added.