Artist Marilee Shapiro , 107 the woman who survived Spanish flu in 1918 beats Covid19

Artist Marilee Shapiro , 107 the woman who survived Spanish flu in 1918 beats Covid19

107-year-old Artist Marilee Shapiro Asher who survived Spanish flu in 1918  has completely recovered from Covid19.

Asher was admitted to hospital in mid-April, after testing positive for coronavirus.

Doctors called up her daughter and informed, she has only 12 hours to live.

“Well, he doesn’t know my mother, does he?” Joan Shapiro told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

She then spent five days in the hospital and took a course of antibiotic treatment before being sent home to Chevy Chase House, a senior living community in Washington, D.C.

She was never put on a ventilator, the doctor’s said.

“It’s remarkable,” Shapiro said.

“That’s all I can say. It’s just unbelievable. I think perhaps it’s because of her art that she’s still involved in.”– she added.

In 1918, then about six years old, Asher contracted the Spanish flu, a deadly strain of influenza estimated to have killed at least 50 million people worldwide.

Marilee remembered little about the illness beyond the moment she knew it was over, said her cousin, Linda Hansell, who helped write Marilee’s autobiography, “Dancing in the Wonder For 102 Years.”

“When she was better,” Hansell said, she remembered that she “came downstairs and saw her father eating breakfast.

“And she knew she was better, rejoining the family at breakfast.”

 

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