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Birthday Magic: Europe’s Oldest Woman Beats COVID On Eve Of Her 117th Birthday

Ave maria, 117-year-old Sister Andrea has led a life! In mid-January, Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre when she joined a Catholic charitable, in 1944, tested positive for COVID.

Sister Andrea lives in a retirement home in Southern France. Luckily, she was isolated from other residents, but showed no symptoms. Today, she turns 117-years-old and she has completely recovered from COVID, testing negative on the eve of her birthday. 

Her secret to remaining youthful? Eating chocolate every single morning. 

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Crazy enough, this is not the first pandemic that Sister Andrea has survived. She has lived through the Spanish Flu pandemic, as well as both world wars.

“I wasn’t scared, because I wasn’t scared to die… I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother.”

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Sister Andre, born on Feb. 11, 1904, is the world’s second-oldest living person according to the Gerontology Research Group’s (GRG) World Supercentenarian Rankings List. In first place is Japan’s Kane Tanaka, who turned 118 on January 2nd.

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Written by Abigale Racine