- Jennie Stejna is 103 years old and she’s the first resident in a Massachusetts nursing facility who got COVID-19.
- Her family thought they would be saying goodbyes this month, but their grandmother has beaten the virus and was declared free on May 13.
- To celebrate, the staff in the facility gave her a bottle of cold Bud Light.
Jennie Stejna, 103-year-old, was the first to test positive for COVID-19 among the residents of a nursing home in Massachusetts. Her family has prepared themselves for the worst according to Wicked Local.
Elderly people aged 65 and above, are considered high risk and her family thought they’d be bidding their farewells this month. But then, Jennie was such a strong fighter and has beaten coronavirus! On May 13, she was declared free from the disease!
“We’re truly very thankful,” her granddaughter, Shelley Gunn, said.
“This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus,” Adam Gunn, Shelley’s husband, added.
Naturally, they celebrated her success and a staff member at the facility gave her a bottle of cold Bud Light—something she never had for a long time and probably missed it.
“She put it to her lips and said, ‘Ooh, that’s cold. It’s good when it’s cold,’ ” said her grandson David Stegna to New York Post.
Being a Polish-American who spent her life in Western Massachusetts, a midday drink to cool off is something that Jennie is fond of doing.
“She would say, ‘You gotta have a cold beer when it’s hot out during the summertime,’ ” David told the Post. “Later in the day she would say, ‘I think I’m gonna split a beer.’ She would never say, ‘I am going to have one.’ She’d sip about two and would do it sort of on the down-low.”
Jennie had lost her 52-year husband in 1992 but they were blessed with two children, many grandchildren. After beating the virus, she is bound to make more memories with them.
“Not to get all existential, but I would tell her that ‘God has a purpose for you and he’s not done with you yet,’ ” David said.
“As she pulled through this, I think we might have found her purpose,” he continued. “And that is to give people a glimmer of hope. There’s a perception that this disease is a scarlet mark, and if you get it, it’s over.”