A 104-year-old Colombian woman was met with a standing ovation as she left the hospital this month after fighting two separate Covid-19 diagnoses.
As she was wheeled out of the hospital facility, health care workers gathered around around to applaud her and wish her well wishes for her continued recovery.
Carmen Hernandez first caught COVID-19 in June 2020. She recovered but caught the virus again on March 8 despite being vaccinated.
The first time around, Hernandez was treated in her nursing home, where she has lived for the last quarter-century.
The second time, Hernandez was hospitalized and placed in the facility’s intensive care unit for three weeks before her discharge.
Hernandez is the second person over 100 years old to beat Covid-19 – twice.
In March, NBC News reported that Angelina Friedman — a 102-year-old New York woman who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic — beat coronavirus twice.
Doctors initially diagnosed Friedman with COVID-19 in March 2020. She spent a week in the hospital before being sent to a nursing center for recovery. But she later caught the virus again in October — just before her 102nd birthday. She suffered much worse symptoms the second time.
“She had a cough, she was lethargic, she had a fever again,” her daughter Joanne Merola said. “The first time you wouldn’t know she was sick.”
“My mom has been through so much in her life. You just can’t give up. You have to fight. My mother’s got the will to stay alive as I’ve never seen before,” she added.