April 02, 2020
Bob Weighton had much to celebrate amid the pandemic as he turned 112 and officially became the "World's Oldest Living Male." Even though Bob had to do celebrate alone, he wasn't lonely.
Residing in an assisted living facility in Hampshire, England, Bob Weighton had an eventful couple of days while in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, Bob turned 112, and the following day, the Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized him as the "World's Oldest Living Male."
The living facility didn't let Bob's birthday go by without some sort of celebration, and they sang "Happy Birthday" from afar while Bob listened from his balcony.
In honor of his new status in the record books, Bob received a plaque from Guinness World Records. Since they couldn't hand over the plaque with their usual fanfare, staff working at the living facility made sure he received it.
Bob took over the title after the previous record-holder Chitestsu Watanabe passed away on February 23, a few days short of his 113th birthday. Due to the circumstance, Bob expressed his mixed feelings about the honor during an interview and said:
“I can’t say I was pleased to hear the previous holder had died but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live so long and make so many friends.”
Living through yet another big world event, Bob said that he "never experienced anything like" the virus. A father of three, a grandfather of 10, and great-grandfather to 25, Bob lived through both World Wars and the flu pandemic in 1918 that lasted for two years.
However, record-setting continued in the UK, when Joy, a 94-year-old great grandmother in Norfolk reportedly became the oldest woman in the country to recover from the coronavirus.
After battling the disease for nine days at James Paget Hospital, Joy returned home completely recovered. Crediting the "wonderful care" she received from medical staff for her returned health, Joy's family now dubbed her "Miracle Lady" and "Supergran."
Joy landed in the hospital on March 20 after she called emergency services to report her high fever and difficulties breathing. After an ambulance took her to the hospital, Joy got tested immediately, which revealed that she had both the coronavirus and pneumonia.
However, in Italy, the Vice Mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi recently announced that a 101-year-old man recently recovered completely after contracting the virus.
Known only as Mr. P. Guerre, he already got discharged from a hospital in Rimini and is back with his family at home.