Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday After Surviving COVID-19

Johnny Lopez
July 02, 2020 - 6:47 pm

    Nothing can stop Leora Martin from celebrating a huge milestone.

    On June 20th, the Elkhart, Indiana resident turned 100, one week after finding out she was free of coronavirus, reported WHAS.

    Martin, who lived through World War II and survived bouts of cancer and pneumonia, had now triumphed over COVID-19.

    In April, she was one of the 76 residents at her assisted-living facility to be diagnosed with the novel virus.

    But on June 13th, she got the results indicating her most recent test came up negative for coronavirus.

    “It was sort of a relief,” Martin told The Elkhart Truth. “You have to remember, I’ve been through cancer. I had to go to the hospital for five days with rods in my body — that was not comfortable, but I survived. They didn’t think I would survive pneumonia last year either, but I did.”

    Martin has a twin sister that lives in California and the siblings were able to celebrate their 100th birthdays together over Zoom.

    Her assisted-living facility, Greenleaf Health Campus, shared images from the festivities which showed the birthday girl holding a sign that read, “COVID-19 can’t stop me from turning 100!”

    Martin’s daughter, Marilou Snel, was on hand for the celebration and shared that her mother was mostly asymptomatic throughout her bout with the virus.

    “We were all pretty devastated when we found out she tested positive,” Snell told the AP. “You read and hear all these terrible things and of course right away you fear the worst, so it was really hard.”

    Since recovering, Snel said her mother remains “vivacious and sharp.”

    After reaching the triple digit birthday, Martin revealed her secret to living a long life.

    "Keep moving,” she said. “Also, keep loving other people."

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