PARIS (The Associated Press) – Question: How does one cram enough candles on a birthday cake for one of the world’s oldest survivors of COVID-19? Answer: With 117 lumens, you can’t.
A French nun believed to be the second-largest person in the world celebrated her 117th birthday in style Thursday, with many gifts, good wishes, cards and flowers to match her exceptional longevity during two world wars and the recent coronavirus infection.
Sister André also held a Mass in her honor and a feast with champagne, red wine and port. Then came a nap followed by more festivities, including a baked Alaskan afternoon snack, her favorite dessert.
The birthday girl said, “It made me very, very, very, very happy.” “Because I have met everyone I love and I thank the heavens for giving them to me. I thank God for the problems they went through.”
David Tavella, communications director for the nursing home in the South, said Sister Andre’s Day began with a morning video call with her great nephews and nephews, followed by a mass in her honor led by the local Catholic bishop. The French city of Toulon, where the nun lives.
Her birthday feast featured an appetizer of foie gras, followed by a capone with mushrooms. “It was all washed down with red wine, because she drinks red wine. It was one of the secrets of its longevity,” Tavilla told the Associated Press. There was also a port and Champagne “because 117 years have to be roasted,” he said.
She skipped dessert because it was tired, but introduced it later after a nap – with three candles and the numbers 117 on top.
It was impossible to fill 117 candles.
“We stopped trying a long time ago,” Tafila said. “Even if we made big cakes, I’m not sure they’ll breathe enough to blow them all off. You’ll need a fire extinguisher.”
Sister Andre’s birth name is Lucille Randon. The Gerontology Research Group, Which validates details of people believed to be 110 or older, lists her as the second oldest known living person in the world, after a 118-year-old woman in Japan, Ken Tanaka..
Tavila told French media earlier this week that Sister Andre tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-January, but that her symptoms were so few that she did not realize she was infected. Its survival grabbed headlines in France and abroad.
“When the whole world suddenly started talking about this story, I realized that Sister Andre was a bit like the Olympic torch on a tour around the world that people want to grab, because we all need a little hope at the moment,” Tavella said.
When Tavila spoke to her on Thursday about celebrating her next birthday in 2022, she replied: “I will not be here next year,” she was quoted as saying, “But she has been saying that for 10 years.”
A strange coincidence, Tavila celebrated his 43rd birthday on Thursday.
He said, “We often joke that she and I were born on the same day.” “I never told myself that she is 117 years old because it is so easy to talk to her, regardless of age. It is only when she talks about World War I as if she lived through it that she realizes,“ Yeah, she lived the war! ”
Leicester report from Le Beek, France