NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 102-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the coronavirus defied the odds and is now recovering.
At 102 years old, Sophie Avouris, of Yonkers, has seen a lot in her life, entering this world in 1918 at the start of the Spanish flu.READ MORE: Protesters Attempt To Storm Entrance Of Barclays Center Over Nets' Refusal To Allow Kyrie Irving To Play Due To NYC Vaccine Mandate
“She survived it, thank goodness,” her daughter, Effie Strouthides, said.
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“And we were thinking at 102 years old, at high risk, she might not make it,” Strouthides said.
Because the facility was on lockdown, Strouthides called her mom to have a conversation that she thought would be the last.
“Once or twice I managed to let her know how much I loved her and she told me how much she loved me,” she said.READ MORE: NYPD: Knife Fight Spills Into Midtown Pizzeria, 2 Taken Into Custody
According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been adults who are 65 and older.
Dr. Taimur Mirza oversaw Avouris’ care and says her prognosis initially was not good.
“Her course in the beginning, it was a little bit rough. For a while there, she required some oxygen, then we started her on the combination of the hydroxychloroquine and the azithromycin,” Mirza said.
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After a week of treatment, Avouris started showing signs of improvement. By week three, she no longer had the virus.
“She didn’t have the cough anymore, and, you know, it was just miraculous to see a woman of her age recover from this,” Mirza said.MORE NEWS: With Less Than A Week Before NYC's Deadline, Municipal Workers Hold Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally On Staten Island
Avouris still at the rehab facility, but this fighter has made it through another battle and has another opportunity to be a dancing grandmother who does not let anyone or anything take her down.