A “resilient” 104-year-old man, William “Bill” Lapschies who lived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and World War II has now recovered from the coronavirus.
He was said to have contracted the virus at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Oregon.
He first started showing symptoms on March 5 and been isolated in his room, but as of this week, he is considered recovered from COVID-19.
His family said he recovered in time for his birthday whilst they gave him a surprise (social distancing) birthday party outside his home.
His 101 birthday was celebrated with 200 people in attendance – the family is more than thrilled he recovered from Covid-19.
He was very sick and the doctors said he might not make it. His son-in-law, Jim Brown, called him “pretty resilient,” noting that Lapschies lived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and a couple of major recessions.
His family thinks he must be one of the oldest people to recover from the virus.
“His smile, I wish you could have seen it, that mask covers it but his smile is absolutely contagious,” one of his six great-grandchildren, Jamie Yutzie, said.
He also has two grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, who can’t wait to hug him again – after coronavirus and social distancing.
A 99-year-old woman, great grandmother Rita Reynolds was recorded as also one the oldest persons in the UK (and probably the world) to survive the Covid-19. She said one of the secrets to defeating coronavirus is eating marmalade sandwiches.
A 93-year-old Indian man and his 88-year-old wive also recovered from coronavirus about a month ago, according to BBC.