Woman, 100, who survived cancer and pneumonia has now beaten coronavirus

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Leora Martin beat cancer, pneumonia and coronavirus to celebrate her 100th birthday

 

A centenarian who previously overcame cancer and pneumonia has now overcome coronavirus. Leora Martin, of Elkhart in Indiana, tested negative twice for Covid-19 earlier this month, indicating she’d finally cleared coronavirus two months after first being diagnosed with it.

Martin found out the good news a week before her 100th birthday – which she celebrated with her twin sister Delora Bloomingdale, who lives in California, over a Zoom call. She marked the big day by holding up a sign saying ‘Covid-19 can’t stop me from turning 100.’

Sharing her joy at beating the potentially deadly virus, Martin, who lives at the Greenleaf Health Campus senior care home, told The Elkhart Truth: ‘It was sort of a relief. You have to remember, I’ve been through cancer. I had to go to the hospital for five days with rods in my body. That was not comfortable, but I survived. They didn’t think I would survive pneumonia last year either, but I did.’

Martin’s family were devastated at news of her Covid-19 diagnosis in April. The virus is particularly dangerous for older suffers, with around one in five people over the age of 80 who are diagnosed going on to die from it.

Martin’s daughter Marilou Snell explained: ‘We were all pretty devastated when we found out she tested positive.

‘You read and hear all these terrible things and of course right away you fear the worst, so it was really hard.’

But Martin surprised her family after suffering only the mildest of coronavirus symptoms, including a loss of taste and smell. Her family were unable to see her, but received regular updates from nursing home staff as their mother saw-off the virus.

Asked for her secret to a long life, she said: ‘Keep moving. Also, keep loving other people.’

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