At 102, Sophie Avouris of Queens has seen alot – two world wars, the Great Depression, 9/11. But there was more to come.
As Mrs Avouris was recovering from a hip surgery last month in her New York nursing home, a test for the coronavirus came back positive.
Her daughter, Effie Strouthides, said she began to fear the worst.
“We were stunned. We were thinking, at 102, it’s a very lethal virus, and that she wouldn’t make it,” Mrs Strouthides told Spectrum News.
Miraculously, Mrs Avouris managed to recover from the coronavirus last week and was returned to her normal room, despite the entire facility remaining in lockdown.
“She really pulled through. We’ve always known that she had a very strong constitution. She made it up to 102!” her daughter said in delight.
Mrs Avouris was born in 1918 in a war-torn Greece, the year when the Spanish flu pandemic also began sweeping across the globe.
She immigrated to the United States and managed to raise a large, happy family during the early years of the twentieth century.