Having lived through the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 before surviving two world wars, Ada Zanusso tested positive for coronavirus at age 103 – and her doctors thought her fate was sealed.
As they did all they could to treat her, Ms Zanusso, from the northern Italian town of Lessona, appeared to be slipping away before their eyes.
“We hydrated her because she wasn’t eating, and then we thought she wasn’t going to make it because she was always drowsy and not reacting,” her family doctor of 35 years, Carla Furno Marchese, said.
Then, without warning, things suddenly improved.
“One day she opened her eyes again and resumed doing what she used to before,” Dr Furno Marchese explained.