Finally some good news: A 107-year-old Dutch woman and a 81-year-old Indian woman recovered from covid-19

Kudos to these covid-19 survivors. They are not the only elderly to beat the infectious disease, but they sure are an inspiration for us all.
covid-19 survivors
Proper precautions will also help you fight coronavirus, irrespective of your age. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Updated: 13 Oct 2023, 15:11 pm IST
  • 57

During old age, our immunity is at its lowest. That’s why the elderly have been the most vulnerable section of the population when it comes to the covid-19 pandemic. Scrutinize the date closely enough and you’ll realise that it’s the elderly who have to the most careful and maintain social distancing. This, of course, has also brought a sense of fear and disappointment. 

But today, let’s talk about something positive as we have got two pieces of news that will not just bring a smile on your face but it will also give a sense of hope. 

For starters, a 107-year-old recovered from covid-19 infection
Meet Cornelia Ras, who fell ill on March 17, the day after her 107th birthday–after attending a church service with other residents of her nursing home on Goeree-Overflakkee, an island in the southwest of Netherlands.

parents health
Just be with your parents physically and mentally for their good health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

She and 40 others at the service were subsequently diagnosed as carrying the virus. Twelve of that group have since died, but Ras was told by her doctors on Monday that she has beaten the infection.

Also, read: Wondering how your parents will cope with covid-19? Well, the ICMR just answered all your burning questions

“We did not expect her to survive this”, her niece Maaike de Groot told a newspaper.

“She takes no medicines, still walks well and gets down on her knees every night to thank the Lord. From the looks of it, she will be able to continue to do so.” Prior to Ras, the oldest widely documented coronavirus survivor was Bill Lapschies, a 104-year-old American.

Kulwant Nirmal, a 81-year-old survivor, from Punjab also has a message for all
After coming back home, Kulwant Nirmal is spending her time urging people to stay indoors to protect themselves from the infection.

According to a video shared by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Twitter, Kulwant Nirmal of Mohali, a diabetes and hypertension patient, tested positive for coronavirus. But her will to fight overshadowed everything, and now she is healthy and at home.

Also, read: Don’t take your parents to a hospital if you want to protect them from covid-19

She is among the patients in the state who have recovered from the infection. In her video message, she said with folded hands: “Doctors took care of me. Never be afraid of the disease. Follow whatever the government and the doctors are saying.”

Select Topics of your interest and let us customize your feed.


“Keep your will power strong. Have courage and do prayers. Waheguru will save you,” the octogenarian said. Her son Gurminder Singh said he was quarantined at along with other family members when her mother was admitted to a private hospital.

Her mother, a diabetes and hypertension patient for 30 years, was the only coronavirus case in the family, he said.

God bless both the survivors!

Proper measures and precautions will help your parents prevent covid-19
There have been researches that have found social distancing to be the biggest way to prevent coronavirus. Plus, eating a healthy diet which is loaded with immunity-boosting foods will also help your parents recover better and faster.

Apart from that please ensure that your parents stay at home and if some essentials are needed for the house, then don’t let them step outside. You can help them by getting essentials delivered to their doorsteps.

Also, read: Worried that your latest online delivery might give you covid-19? Well, listen to these doctors and relax

covid-10 ageing parents
Don’t fret if you go out grocery to feed your parents delicious meals. Delivery is a safe option. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Just a few steps will not only save your parents from this pandemic, but also give them the strength to fight back and recover lest they contract covid-19. 

(With inputs from Reuters and IANS)

  • 57
About the Author

We are a varied group of Health Shots writers, bringing you the healthiest scoop on wellness in town. ...Read More

Healthshots Wellness Newsletter

Get your Daily Dose of Wellness in your Inbox

Subscribe Now
Next Story