Holocaust survivor, 97, takes first steps following 3-week battle with COVID-19
A Holocaust survivor is enjoying a “miraculous recovery” from coronavirus, her grandson announced on social media.
Lily Ebert, a 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor, took her first steps after a harrowing battle with the virus.
Her great grandson, 17-year-old Dov Forman, celebrated her rebound from the deadly virus with a photo that he shared of Ebert on her momentous walk on Twitter.
“My 97-Year-old Great Grandma, Lily Ebert BEM - Auschwitz Survivor, has just recovered from Covid- 19,” Forman captioned the photo, which shows Ebert standing in the street, clad in an overcoat and wearing a big smile on her face.
“Today she went on her first walk in a month after making a miraculous recovery,” the proud great grandson continued.
“❤️💪A fighter and survivor💪❤️,” he concluded the caption.
Forman told NBC News that his great grandmother managed to dodge the virus and maintain her health after he and his father contracted COVID-19 last April.
But last December, Ebert fell ill with exhausting symptoms that prevented her from doing pretty much anything.
“I was very tired, very sleepy. I really don't know what it is, but I felt very down. You could not do anything. It is terrible,” Ebert said.
Ebert’s symptoms began after she received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 17. After officially testing positive for COVID in early January, a three-week battle with the virus followed at home.
While the family was alarmed by Ebert’s condition, they opted to keep her at their home in London, where doctors made visits to check in on her daily.
Forman says the family maintained hope throughout Ebert’s battle with the illness.
“But we knew, she's a fighter, she's obviously a survivor of Auschwitz and many other things in her life and she never gives up, and she's, as I said to my tweet, a true survivor, a true fighter, and we knew she'd get through it, and she didn't give up, and that's how, thank God, she recovered,” Forman said.
Ebert spent four months in Auschwitz, where she was forced to work as a factory slave, after being transported there from Hungary on July 4, 1944. She was a teen.
She tragically lost her family in the camp, including her mother, brother and sister, as well as approximately 100 other extended members.
“More or less, 100 other people from the family, aunties, uncles, nephews, everybody. They killed,” she said.
Looking back on her survival of both the Holocaust and coronavirus, Ebert is thankful.
“It is fantastic when you can say for everything, ‘I managed, I am here. I went through it, and I am here,’” Ebert said. “I think the only thing what you can do, never, ever give up because it is always hope.”
Ebert and Forman are currently at work on a memoir about her life, which is slated for release this September. Forman hopes people take the time learn about the Holocaust, especially with Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 27.