Spanish woman survives the Coronavirus: A 113-year-old woman, presented as the oldest in Spain, recovered from COVID-19 in a nursing home in which several infected people died, according to a communication manager at the residence.
Spanish woman survives the Coronavirus
“She is 113 years old, she is the oldest woman in Spain and has passed COVID-19 and now she is doing very well,” the person in charge told AFP.
María Branyas contracted the disease, which in her case was mild, last month, in the residence where she has lived for twenty years, in the city of Olot, about 100 km north of Barcelona (Catalonia, northeast).
Her symptoms were discreet: “The only thing that was detected was a urinary infection and some associated fever, and then they did the test, which came out positive,” explained the head of communication.
“Now he is well and last week they did another test that was negative,” he said.
She remained confined for several weeks in her room at the Santa María del Tura residence. A single employee entered, with protective equipment, according to regional television TV3, which broadcast images of the old woman.
In the images, Maria Branyas is hard to explain that “the people here are very kind, very attentive” to her. When asked about the secret of her longevity, she answers that she has been lucky “to be in good health.”
Her daughter, Rosa Moret, who was unable to visit her during the confinement, declared to TV3: “Now that she is well, she is wonderful, she wants to speak, to explain, to make her reflections. She is again.”
The story has captivated the attention of the press in Spain, although the residence does not allow journalists to enter and the family now declines to speak to the media, according to the head of communication.
The centennial woman has been the subject of several articles in Spanish media in recent years. This mother of three children with grandchildren and great-grandchildren was born on March 4, 1907, in the United States, where her father worked as a journalist in San Francisco.
According to the press, he keeps memories of his family’s return trip from the United States to Europe on board an ocean liner, during the times of the First World War (1914-18).
She survived the time of the 1918 influenza pandemic, known as the Spanish flu, as well as the civil war in her country, between 1936 and 1939.