'Invincible' 102-year-old survives Spanish flu and 2 bouts of COVID-19


Angelina Friedman is a 102-year-old woman who has seen a lot in her time on Earth - including multiple pandemics that she survived firsthand.

Friedman survived the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 and has now beaten coronavirus not once, but twice.

"Not only has she beaten COVID at 101, she's beaten it at 102," her daughter, Joanne Merola told WPIX. Friedman was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this year and made headlines for beating the virus at her age.

Merola received a call in late October from her mother's nursing home, alerting her that her mother had once again tested positive for coronavirus. The news came just 6 months after Friedman was first diagnosed with the novel virus.

"She had symptoms - fever, a dry cough," Merola said. "They thought she might also have the flu."

Later, on November 17, Merola received an update that her "invincible mother tested negative."

"She's not the oldest to survive COVID, but she may be the oldest to survive it twice," Merola said of her resilient mother.

During Friedman's first bout with the virus, she spent a week in the hospital before being isolated in her nursing home and ultimately testing negative for the virus on April 20.

"She is not human," Merola said at the time. "She has super-human DNA."

Merola also revealed that her mother had a close call with cancer in her lifetime and is the last surviving child out of 11 in her family.

"My mother is a survivor. She survived miscarriages, internal bleeding, and cancer," Merola said. "She and my dad had cancer at the same time. She survived. He didn't."

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