- Publish Date
- Thursday, 9 April 2020, 2:14PM
These are anxious and unusual times for us all, as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world.
But we have to remain positive that we will get through this.
And one Italian grandmother is the ray of hope we all need ...
The 104-year-old woman has become the oldest person in the world to recover from Covid-19.
Ada Zanusso, who also survived the Spanish Flu in 1918, fell ill at her nursing home in northern Italy on March 17 — eight days after the country went into lockdown.
After suffering symptoms including vomiting, fever and difficulty breathing, she tested positive for the coronavirus while in hospital.
"I suspected it was coronavirus because of the number of cases at the care home. They have sadly had a few fatalities there," her son Giampiero told The Sun.
Her doctor, Carla Furno Marchese, provided an update on her status, revealing she is on the mend after tackling the virus.
"She is up and about and not lying in bed and she can walk to her chair," she said.
"She has lost none of her lucidity and intelligence. Her recovery is a great joy for us and a sign of good hope for all that are suffering in these difficult days."
Two women of 103 have recovered previously — Zhang Guangfen, of Wuhan, China, and an unnamed Iranian.
Like other elderly patients to have survived Covid-19, she has become a symbol of hope for Italy.