101-Year-Old Man Who Survived Spanish Flu And World War 2, Now Beats Coronavirus As Well

101-Year-Old Man Who Survived Spanish Flu And World War 2, Now Beats Coronavirus As Well

His case is 'truly extraordinary' and it will give "hope for the future", said Deputy Mayor of Rimini in Italy.

A 101-year-old man has come back from the confines of a hospital after recovering from COVID-19. Publicly identifying himself as 'Mr. P', he was born during the Spanish flu pandemic. This Italian citizen has reportedly been successful in fighting the COVID-19 virus, that, as we know now, has completely changed the lives of billions across the world. As reported by Latin Post, Gloria Lisi, the deputy mayor of the Italian city of Rimini, said that Mr. P was admitted last week at a Rimini hospital in northeast Italy after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On Thursday, he was discharged from the hospital.



The Deputy Mayor also added that this was 'truly extraordinary' and the news of a 101-year-old man recovering will give "hope for the future." Lisi also said that Mr. P's case instilled hope in people that "even at 101 years, the future is not written." Lisi further noted that Mr. P was born during the Spanish flu— a different strain of the H1N1 virus that spread almost all over the world from 1918 to 1919 and estimated to have killed 30 million - 50 million people worldwide, which was almost 1/3 of the human population on Earth at that time. 


She added, "Mr. P made it. The family brought him home yesterday evening. To teach us that even at 101 years the future is not written." After his miraculous recovery, Mr. P became "the story everyone talked about" in the hospital. In a report by News18, Lisi said, "Everyone saw hope for the future of all of us in the recovery of a person more than 100 years old. Every day we see the sad stories from these weeks that mechanically tell about a virus that rages and is especially aggressive on the elderly. But he survived. Mr. P. survived."



As reported by the Italian news agency, ANSA, Lisi mentioned that Mr. P has also survived through World War II. She said, "He saw everything, Mr. P. War, hunger, pain, progress, crisis, and resurrections." After recovering from COVID-19, he has now joined the ranks of other centenarians, who have also survived being above a hundred years old. Apart from Mr. P, 103-year-old Zhang Guangfen, who lives in Wuhan, China, and a 97-year-old woman from South Korea were also discharged from the hospital last week after recovering from COVID-19. 



Sadly, another Spanish Flu survivor could not recover, just hours after testing positive for COVID-19. As reported by The Guardian, 108-year-old Hilda Churchill is reportedly the oldest victim of coronavirus in the UK after she died in a Salford care home on Saturday. Born in 1911, she died just eight days before her 109th birthday. Anthony Churchill, her grandson revealed that she was talking about the Spanish Flu during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. He said, "When I visited her last, we talked about coronavirus and mentioned we might not see her for a while."



He continued, "She said it was very similar to the Spanish flu but in her day there were no planes and somehow it still managed to spread everywhere." Even though Churchill and most of her family were infected from the flu and recovered from it, her 12-month-old sister Beryl May died of the virus. Anthony added, "She remembered standing at her bedroom window and seeing this little coffin carrying her baby sister being put into a carriage and being taken away." 



He added, "She remembers everyone getting it and her mother trying to look after them and her father collapsing in a street and having to be carried home. She was saying how amazing it is that something you can’t see can be so devastating. It was never something she talked about being frightened of, though, and she was scared of this new virus. She survived so much and this was just another thing. She was a person who just got on with things – never asked for sympathy or said she was hard done by." 

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