New York Woman, 102, Survives Spanish Flu And Two Bouts Of Coronavirus

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She lived through the Spanish flu pandemic as a baby in 1918. She’s 102 years old today and has now fought off COVID-19 — twice.

It’s OK if you hear MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This” playing in your head when learning about Angelina Friedman, a nursing home resident in Mohegan Lake, N.Y.

“Not only has she beaten COVID at 101, she’s beaten it at 102,” Friedman’s daughter, Joanne Merola, told WPIX-TV.

Friedman’s maiden name is Sciales. She was born on a ship from Italy headed for America on Oct. 18, 1918. Her mother died while giving birth.

“She was one of 11 children,” Merola said. “She’s the last one surviving.”

Along with everything else, Friedman has survived cancer and losing her husband to cancer. She also recently lost her hearing and much of her vision. But her daughter says that Friedman still has plenty of zest.

“My mother is a survivor,” Merola said in April. “She survived miscarriages, internal bleeding and cancer.”

Friedman? A survivor? Some things you just cannot deny.

“She’s not the oldest to survive COVID,” Merola said, “but she may be the oldest to survive it twice.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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