May 15, 2020
Certain things in life remain a mystery. The mystery of giving birth, dying, and living life are some of the things one cannot entirely grasp. Spain's oldest woman, Maria Branyas, has proved to be an enigma.
Maria Branyas, who is the oldest woman in Spain, makes history again as she becomes the oldest person to beat the novel coronavirus at 113-years old.
Maria was initially diagnosed with coronavirus in April. The centenarian who has been living at a nursing home for the past two decades stayed in isolation for weeks until she was tested, and the results came back negative.
"I would have preferred not to have to live this unfortunate situation of nonsense in the treatment of the elderly in the country..."
Before Maria was diagnosed with coronavirus, her family members mentioned that Maria was a healthy person. And aside from losing the majority of her vision, she was strong and maintained a healthy lifestyle.
According to her daughter, Rosa Moret, Maria was happy to have made a full recovery. And she was looking forward to spending time with her family members as the last time she saw them was when they celebrated her 113th birthday.
There have been other centenarians who have made remarkable recoveries after being infected with the virus.
Rosa explained that her mother was back to her usual self, and what she craves for the most at the moment is to talk with her family members and share her reflections during the isolation period.
"...I think nothing will be the same again...It will have to be done all over differently."
Born in San Fransico on March 4, 1907, Maria has outlived most people and was privileged to live through the Spanish Flu pandemic, World War I, and World War II.
As a young girl, she and her father — a journalist — started the journey back to Spain, but he developed tuberculosis and died while onboard a ship. His body had to be thrown into the sea, leaving Maria and others to complete the journey alone.
After making it back to Spain, Maria settled down and got married to a local doctor, Joan Moret, and the couple had three children from which they had eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Interestingly, one of her grandchildren is seventy-years old.
Although Maria is the oldest to have survived the viral infection, there have been other centenarians who have made remarkable recoveries after being infected with the virus.
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