In 1944, Lucille Randon took the name of Sister Andre in honor of her brother when she joined the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Now 117 years old, she survived 1918 flu pandemic and now, COVID-19.
Sister Andre tested positive for coronavirus in her Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home in the southern French city of Toulon, along with dozens of other residents last month.
After isolating while asymptomatic, David Tavella, spokesman for the retirement home, said she beat COVID-19 and is doing well.
“We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday. She has been very lucky.”
Tavella says Sister Andre is blind, but spirited, sociable and likes to listen to music, adding she was more upset about the disruption to her routine, rather than her health.
“She wanted to know, for example, if the meal and bed times were going to change. She showed no fear of the illness. In fact, she was more worried about the other residents.”
When asked if she was scared when tested positive, Sister Andre told reporters:
“No, I wasn’t scared because I wasn’t scared to die. I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother.”
VIDEO: “I have seen beautiful things, and I have seen very sad things.”
French nun Sister Andre, the oldest person in Europe and who admits to eating chocolate every morning, celebrates her 116th birthday in Toulon pic.twitter.com/1u7WnmAwMU
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Sister Andre, born on February 11th, 1904, is the world’s second-oldest living person. The oldest person is Japan’s Kane Tanaka, who turned 118 on January 2nd.