MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. — A 102-year-old New York woman is a true survivor. Her daughter says Angelina Friedman is invincible.
“She survived miscarriages, internal bleeding and cancer,” Joanne Merola told WPIX.
Friedman has also lived through the 1918 pandemic and has beaten the coronavirus twice, the television station reported.
“Not only has she beaten COVID at 101, she’s beaten it at 102,” Merola told WPIX.
Angelina Sciales was born Oct. 18, 1918, on a passenger ship taking immigrants from Italy to New York City. Her mother died during childbirth; Angelina was the youngest of 11 children.
According to New York City marriage records, she married Harold Friedman in the Bronx on Jan. 9, 1942.
Merola told People that she received a call in late October from the North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center, where her mother is currently living, “to tell me she had tested positive again.”
That news came six months after Friedman was first diagnosed with COVID-19, the magazine reported.
“She had symptoms -- fever, a dry cough,” Merola told WPIX. “They gave her a bunch of meds. They thought she might also have the flu.”
Merola said she received daily updates on her mother. And and on Nov. 17, she got great news.
“My invincible mother tested negative,” Merola told WPIX.
After another test came back negative, Friedman was moved out of isolation and returned to her regular room.
Merola said her mother had “an iron will to live.”
“She’s not the oldest to survive COVID, but she may be the oldest to survive it twice,” Merola told WPIX.
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