The next month, Brooklyn native Anna Dale Prower, who turned 108, was diagnosed with coronovirus in May and her granddaughter, Darlene Jasmine, had assumed the worst, the Asbury Park Press reported.
“I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is it,” Jasmine told the newspaper. “This is the thing that is going to take him down.”
But del Prore, who contracted Spanish flu during the influenza pandemic in 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, did not succumb to the virus. Instead, he is still mobile, dancing whenever possible in Brighton Gardens, an assisted living facility in Middletown.
“She always danced, always loved music,” said 66-year-old Jasmine. “As soon as she listens to the music, her foot starts to tremble.”
Del Prore had a fever and a decreased appetite after his COVID-19 diagnosis, but did not need to be put on a ventilator or taken to the hospital, his granddaughter said.
Since then she has resumed her daily activities of swimming, sewing and some dance steps, when Spree Shatabdi told the newspaper.
“I feel good,” Dale Prouer said. “I thank God I’m alive.”
According to data from John Hopkins University, Jasmine thought about her grandmother’s battle with the Spanish system, which also attacked her respiratory system, with the ability to stop coronovirus, which killed 163,473 Americans.
Jasmine said that her grandmother’s survival is a “miracle”, but she spent her lifetime staying in shape and eating well.
“She is constantly moving forward,” Jasmine said. “We always went to the bakery, from the grocery store – in Brooklyn. Every night she would cook homemade food from scratch. All Mediterranean food – olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts. This old farmer is like food that now they charge you so much. ”
Del Priore is now one of the few selected centuries to have survived COVID-19 according to a gerontology site cited by Asbury Park Press. Two 108-year-old Americans do the virus best, while seven American citizens 107 or older have done so, the newspaper reports.
According to the site, the oldest person in the world has confirmed beating of coronovirus, a 113-year-old woman in Spain.
Queen’s Anna’s younger sister, 105-year-old Helen Guzón, also survived both Spanish flu and COVID-19, Jasmine said.
Meanwhile, the staff at Del Prore’s living facility said he is an inspiration.
“People don’t believe me,” said Del Prore, health care coordinator, Laura Hale. “It has truly been amazing to see her journey… for the rest of my life, I can say that I met and loved someone who made it all the way to far and stay healthy.”