117-year old Covid-19 survivor celebrates with Champagne, port and red wine
The woman overcame the illness and maintains her place as the oldest living person in Europe and the second-oldest living person in the world
If you've beaten Covid and you're 117 years old, what better way to celebrate than with Champagne, red wine and port? Sister André, born as Lucile Randon in 1904 has done just that.
Currently residing in the Ste. Catherine Laboure Nursing Home in Toulon, the French nun became infected with the illness, along with 80 others of the 88 people residing in the home. As a result of the clustered outbreak, 11 people passed away, however, Sister André was able to overcome her mild symptoms and celebrate her 117th birthday.
Her birthday was also nothing short of impressive - with plenty of elaborate food and drink to celebrate the occasion.
The birthday lunch began with foie gras, paired with some port, followed by a main of capon with fragrant mushrooms - all washed down with some red wine, which the 117-year old claims as one of the secrets to her longevity. Of course, following all that delicious food, a nap was in order, which preceded a dessert of baked Alaska and a flute of Champagne.
Following her celebration, the Sister shared that: "It made me very, very, very, very happy, because I met all those I love and I thank the heavens for giving them to me. I thank God for the trouble they went to."
For her 118th birthday next year, she says that she doesn't have any big plans as she "won't be here", but then again, those around her add that "she's been saying that for 10 years", so it's likely that we'll be hearing of her 118th birthday celebrations with plenty more port, wine, and Champagne!