A true Easter miracle took place in New York City recently, when a centenarian Greek-American ”yiayia” not only recovered from hip surgery but from COVID-19 as well!
Sophie Avouris, a 102-year-old resident of the Mary Manning Walsh nursing home in New York, went through hip surgery recently and was recovering from the procedure last month.
Unfortunately, it was at that time that she contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, and her family thought that this could potentially be the last blow for their beloved yiayia.
Avouris had the first recorded case of the novel coronavirus in the facility, and she was treated in the COVID-19 facility of the care home she lives in.
Miraculously, last week, Avouris managed to recover from the virus and return to her normal room, even while the entire facility still remains in lockdown.
Her family, who managed to call her and exchange wishes for Orthodox Easter, are convinced that this was a true miracle ahead of the greatest feast of Orthodox Christianity.
Avouris was born in 1918 in a World-War-I hit Greece, the year when the Spanish flu pandemic also began sweeping across the globe.
She immigrated to the United States and managed to raise a large, happy family during the early years of the twentieth century.
According to a report from the news website “pix11,” Avouris’ family credits the doctors of the Archcare facility as well as their decision to use the experimental drug hydroxychloroquine, which eventually saved the woman’s life.
Christos Anesti, yiayia! We wish you many years to come!