A 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest living person in Spain, survived the Coronavirus and is “doing fine,” according to her nursing home. Maria Branyas was apparently “bored” while isolating in her room but never gave up on her fighting spirit.
Maria Branyas was diagnosed with COVID-19 after the country went into lockdown in March.
But after weeks in isolation, Ms Branyas recovered, having suffered only mild symptoms.
Branyas was born in San Francisco in 1907 to Spanish parents, and moved to Spain with her family at the age of eight, surviving both the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and the Spanish Civil War. She has three children, eleven grandchildren (one of whom is now 60 years old) and 13 great-grandchildren.
At least two other centenarians, both women, one aged 101 and another aged 107, are known to have recovered from the coronavirus in Spain.
It means she has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the coronavirus.
“Now that she is well, she is wonderful, she wants to speak, to explain, to make her reflections, it is her again,” her daughter tweeted.
In the UK, 106-year-old Connie Titchen was released from a hospital last month after beating the infection.
Branyas is believed to be the oldest living person in Spain. At 113, she is nearly four years younger than the world’s oldest woman, Japanese Kane Tanaka.