Maria Branyas, a 113-year-old Spanish national, has made a full recovery from the coronavirus.
Avui compleixo 113 anys
“Com fer-vos saber que sempre hi ha temps? Com fer-vos saber que ningú estableix normes, excepte la vida?” (Mario Benedetti) pic.twitter.com/vFxgMAZ8nG
— Super Àvia Catalana (@MariaBranyas112) March 4, 2020
It’s the third major ordeal she has lived through, having survived the flu pandemic of 1918-19 as well as the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.
A mother of three, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13, Maria was diagnosed with the coronavirus after Spain went into lockdown in March.
La anciana más longeva de España, con 113 años, supera la COVID-19.
La catalana María Branyas también es a partir de ahora la persona de más edad en superar el coronavirus después de hacerlo en la residencia en la que vive en Olot, Girona.https://t.co/6bDcty9sYJ #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/pubB2FTmu3
— La Vanguardia (@LaVanguardia) May 12, 2020
Now after weeks of isolation, during which time she exhibited only mild symptoms, Maria has made a full recovery.
“Now that she is well, she is wonderful. She wants to speak, to explain, to make her reflections, it is her again,” her daughter stated on Twitter.
Branyas was born in Mexico in 1907 and moved to San Francisco in 1909. She arrived in Girona, Spain during World War One with her father, a Spanish journalist.
She has resided for the past two decades at a care-home in the city of Olot.
It’s widely been thought that elderly people and those suffering with existing ailments are more likely to die from Covid-19.
But this latest case aside, there have been numerous other cases of people in their 90’s and older recovering from the disease.
Spain has been one of the worst hit countries by the virus. As of Wednesday 13 May, there were a reported 271,095 coronavirus cases and 27,104 deaths.
In recent days it has emerged that thousands of angry dead coronavirus victims’ relatives are suing Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
Image credit: Maria Branyas