- Leora Martin has fought many battles in life — she survived World War II, cancer, pneumonia, and recently COVID-19.
- She contracted the virus in April and was announced COVID-free on June 13.
- A week after, she and her twin celebrated their 100th birthday.
An elderly woman from Indiana celebrates her 100th birthday after fighting and beating COVID-19.
Leora Martin has gone through and outlived many catastrophes in life. She survived World War II, fought cancer, and last year, she had beaten pneumonia. Now, she is also officially a coronavirus survivor and on Saturday, June 20, she, together with her twin sister, Delora Bloomingdale, celebrated a great milestone in their lives — their 100th birthday!
The Greenleaf Health Campus has 76 residents that contracted the virus including Leora and although she was the first one to be diagnosed back in April, she beat the virus and tested negative on June 13, just a week before her birthday.
It was sort of a relief,” she told The Elkhart Truth. “You have to remember, I’ve been through cancer. I had to go to the hospital for five days with rods in my body — that was not comfortable, but I survived. They didn’t think I would survive pneumonia last year either, but I did.”
Although her sister lives in California, they video-called each other via zoom and sang “Happy Birthday” for themselves.
“They were able to sing each other Happy Birthday through zoom and she received a visit from her daughter!” the facility posted on Facebook along with the photos from Leora’s celebration.
Her daughter, Marilou Snell, recalled to the Associated Press that her mom was asymptomatic throughout her fight against the virus except that she gets tired easily and she loses appetite. Still, they were very worried of her.
“We were all pretty devastated when we found out she tested positive,” Marilou said. “You read and hear all these terrible things and of course right away you fear the worst, so it was really hard.”
It was a difficult time but their family is glad that the staff in the facility are wonderful and kept updating them all the time.
On June 19, the Greenleaf Health Campus announced that they are finally COVID-free.