On May 13, the family received some unbelievably good news that their beloved grandma had actually survived her bout with the coronavirus.
When a 103-year-old woman beat the deadly coronavirus, she celebrated her victory the right way- with a Bud Light. Jennie Stejna's granddaughter Shelley Gunn described her to be someone who has a feisty spirit. But three weeks ago, things looked pretty grim when Gunn found out that her polish grandmother had contracted the coronavirus which has taken over 102,000 people in the United States. Stejna was the first resident of a nursing home to test positive for coronavirus, revealed her granddaughter. After developing a low-grade fever, she was immediately isolated in a separate ward, reports USA Today.
Now, the 103-year-old grandma could not really understand or comprehend the meaning or the severity of COVID-19. All she knew was that she was very sick, said Gunn. Thankfully she was always looked after by staff members who were by her side constantly, shared Gunn adding that her grandmother's condition suddenly began deteriorating and the facility urged the family to visit her and say their final goodbyes to their beloved Stejna. Gunn began by thanking her for whatever she had done for her and when Gunn's husband Adam asked Stejna if she was ready to go to heaven above is, she replied, "Hell yes."
Then on May 13, the family received some unbelievably good news that their beloved grandma had actually survived the bout with the coronavirus. "This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus," expressed Adam. "We’re truly very thankful." To celebrate this auspicious occasion the staff at the home surprised Stejna with an ice cold Bud Light, something she loves a lot but hadn't been able to consume for quite some time now revealed Gunn. She also noted that Stejna was the first resident in the nursing home to recover and that they still have 33 cases of coronavirus in the facility.
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The feisty old woman has spent all her life in Massachusetts. She got married to her husband Teddy in 1938 and spent 54 wonderful years with him before he tragically passed away in 1992 at the age of 82. Stejna, who has two children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, used to be an avid bingo player and loved spending her time reading and crocheting until she arthritis got to her. Gunn also shared that she possesses quite a few blankets that Stejna had made. Describing her as a "hardcore Boston sports fan," Gunn said, "She used to sit outside and listen to the Red Sox on the radio."
Recently, a 104-year-old man also beat the disease. William "Bill" Lapschies was living with a small group of elderly tenants in a state-run veterans’ facility in Lebanon when he suddenly fell. His family was understandably concerned that the illness might turn out to be deathly as was witnessed in most cases. "We all thought, 'He’s 103, what are the odds he’s going to come out of this?'" shared granddaughter Jamie Yutzie, according to The Washington Post. Doctors first told the family that Lapschies had pneumonia but on March 11, he tested positive for COVID-19.
95-year-old Bill Kelly and 104-year-old William Lapschies—two great Oregon veterans—have "collectively survived World War II, the Great Depression, the Spanish Flu epidemic … and now COVID-19."— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 11, 2020
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"That virus goes up and down, and you really don’t know what the next day is going to bring," said Yutzie. "After those couple of long days where we weren’t quite sure, he just got better and better." His family paid him many visits and watched him through a window. After a few days, doctors gave his family the good news that Lapschies had won the battle with coronavirus and was fit to celebrate his birthday with them. "He is fully recovered. He is very perky," said Carolee Brown, his daughter. "And he is very excited."
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