The Gerontology Research Group validates that Sister André is a supercentenarian, meaning she has lived to be at least 110 years old. The group has a detailed list of supercentenarians, putting Frenchwoman Lucile Randon – Sister André’s birth name, as the second-oldest known living person in the world.
Sister André lives in the southern French city of Toulon.
French media reported that Sister André tested positive for COVID-19 mid-January and recovered in just three weeks.
Even though she is blind and uses a wheelchair, Sister André was not worried about her diagnosis. David Tavella, the communications manager for the care home Sister André lives in, says she was more worried about the other residents than herself.
“She didn’t ask me about her health, but about her habits,” Tavella said.
“For example, she wanted to know if meal or bedtime schedules would change. She showed no fear of the disease. On the other hand, she was very concerned about the other residents.”
Sadly, many of the other residents did not share the same luck as Sister André. Around the same time Sister André tested positive for COVID-19, 81 of the 88 other residents did as well. Out of a large number of positive tests, 10 of the nuns died from the virus.