104-year-old Colombian beats COVID for second time

A woman more than a century old received cheers from hospital staff in Tunja, Colombia this week after she recovered from the coronavirus for the second time.

104-year-old Carmen Hernandez was discharged after 21 days in the hospital fighting the deadly infection – again.

Gina Gomez is a nurse at Hernandez’s care facility.

"She is an elderly patient with an excellent physical capacity because she resisted the virus for the second time. The first time she was isolated in her nursing home. This time we have the support of the Canelones Clinic. Thank God she has done very well, and she has beaten this virus."

The centenarian’s first infection was in June last year.

She received her first dose of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine in February, and then tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time in March.

Yamit Noe Hurtado is the manager at San Rafael De Tunja University hospital:

"Our doctors classified the case as a re-infection. Fortunately, she recovered quite well. It was a solid work of the scientific team and respiratory therapy team. We are claiming victory."

Hernandez returned to her nursing home where the COVID-19 hero will soon receive her second dose of the vaccine after it was delayed due to her reinfection.

Video Transcript

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- A woman more than a century old received cheers from hospital staff in Tunja, Colombia, this week after she recovered from the coronavirus for the second time. 104-year-old Carmen Hernandez was discharged after 21 days in the hospital fighting the deadly infection again. Gina Gomez is a nurse at Hernandez's care facility.

GINA GOMEZ: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

TRANSLATOR: She is an elderly patient with an excellent physical capacity because she resisted the virus for the second time. The first time she was isolated in her nursing home. This time we have the support of the Canelones Clinic. Thank God she has done very well and she has beaten this virus.

- The centenarian's first infection was in June last year. She received her first dose of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine in February and then tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time in March. Yamit Noe Hurtado is the manager at San Rafael De Tunja University Hospital.

YAMIT NOE HURTADO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

TRANSLATOR: Our doctors classified the case as a reinfection. Fortunately, she recovered quite well. It was a solid work of the scientific team and respiratory therapy team. We are claiming victory.

- Hernandez returned to her nursing home where the COVID-19 hero will soon receive her second dose of the vaccine after it was delayed due to her reinfection.