- A 104-year-old woman in Italy defied all odds to stay alive after testing positive for coronavirus
- The woman, identified as Ada Zanusso, has now become the world's oldest person to survive the potentially deadly virus
- Ada was exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 when her son suspected that she could have been infected
A 104-year-old Italian woman identified as Ada Zanusso has become the world's oldest known person to survive the coronavirus.
Ada, who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu, took ill at her nursing home in Biella in northern Italy on Tuesday, 17 March, eight days after the government imposed a lockdown on the country.
Daily Mail reports that after she started exhibiting symptoms, which included a relentless bout of vomiting, fever and difficulty with breathing, she was tested for the virus, which came out positive.
Ada's son Giampiero told The Sun: "I suspected it was coronavirus because of the number of cases at the care home. They have sadly had a few fatalities there."
Ada's doctor Carla Furno Marchese said the centenarian's recovery is a sign of hope for everyone suffering at these trying times.
Carla said: "She is up and about and not lying in bed and she can walk to her chair.
"She has lost none of her lucidity and intelligence. Her recovery is a great joy for us and a sign of good hope for all who are suffering in these difficult days."
Meanwhile, boxing legend Mike Tyson has expressed sadness after the passing of former American professional football icon Tom Dempsey.
The 73-year-old was said to have died after contracting deadly coronavirus that has been ravaging the world since December 2019.
Tyson recounted how the man who was born without toes inspired him following his rise in his active days in football.
According to BBC Sport, the American set a 43-year record in the NFL after scoring a 63-yard kick in 1970 - and it was only beaten in 2013.
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