A 101-year-old woman, who has been labeled as "superhuman" by her family, has remarkably beaten the 1918 Spanish flu, cancer, and now the ongoing medical pandemic. It's quite the achievement, isn't it?
Keep scrolling to read Angelina's incredible story, and to hear what she had to say on the current health crisis...
Angelina Friedman is one remarkable woman.
Back in 1918, decades before the current medical crisis, the world was brought to its knees.
via: Getty101 years prior to this pandemic, the notorious Spanish flu ripped across the world, infecting and killing millions of people.
It became the most severe pandemic in modern history.
via: GettyThe origins of this deadly strain of influenza are still uncertain but, much like the current virus, it was notoriously quick to spread across the globe.
An estimated 500 million fell ill to the virus.
via: GettyAnd roughly one-fifth of those died, with some indigenous communities even being pushed to the brink of full extinction.
It was a dark, dark time for the world.
via: GettyAnd, here in the United States, we were hit particularly hard, with around 675,000 deaths been recorded in our country alone.
Age played a huge role in survival chances.
via: GettyThe 1918 pandemic was unusual in that it killed many healthy twenty to forty-year-olds, including millions of World War I soldiers. In contrast, people who die of the flu are usually under 5 years old or over seventy-five.
Both medical research and resources were limited back in 1918...
via: GettySo the virus was quick to rampage out of control, with prevention efforts being limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as quarantine, good personal hygiene, and limitations of public gatherings... It all sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it?
And now, fast forward to 2020, a new pandemic has brought the world to a standstill.
via: Getty ImagesSince December 2019, the deadly virus has been spreading across the world like wildfire and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.
Much like the Spanish flu, this pandemic has caused a global panic.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to statistics, over 2 million people have now been infected with the virus, and a further 200,000 have died.
The majority of people around the world have been left confined to their homes...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, unlike the 1918 pandemic, it is this time the elderly who are most vulnerable to the virus.
Older people are in one of the higher-risk demographics...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the majority of deaths so far have been people over the age of sixty.
But, with the many devastating deaths this pandemic has caused...
via: GettyThere are stories of hope.
And this brings us back to the story of Angelina Friedman.
Angelina was actually born aboard a passenger ship that was shipping immigrants from Italy to New York City during the second wave of the Spanish flu in 1918.
via: Getty"Her mother died giving birth on the ship, and she was taken care of by her 2 sisters, who were also on board," Friedman’s daughter, Joanne Merola, said to Pix11.
And, despite the risks, an infant Angelina somehow survived the deadly strain of influenza.
Angelina, who has now outlived her husband and ten siblings, has defeated many deadly illnesses in her lifetime.
via: GettyIncluding miscarriages, cancer, internal bleeding, and sepsis. On her resilience, her daughter explained, "She and my dad had cancer at the same time. She survived. He didn’t."
And now, she has beaten the current medical pandemic.
After suffering from on-and-off fevers, Angelina was diagnosed with the deadly respiratory virus back in March.
via: GettyShe spent a week in the hospital before returning to isolation in her nursing home. And, on April 20th, she finally tested negative for the virus.
Nurses at her care home are reporting that Angelina is recovering excellently...
via: GettyAnd that she is already back on her feet looking for ways to stay occupied. Her daughter explained: "They tell me she’s doing great. She’s up and about as much as possible. She’s looking for wool to crochet with. If my mother could see this I’d tell her, 'You keep going, Ma. You’re gonna outlive us all.'"