A German Jewish World War II veteran has survived a Nazi assassination attempt, a plane crash, breast cancer, and now, coronavirus.
Veteran Beats COVID-19
‘Feisty’ Jewish war hero, 99, survived Nazi assassination, plane crash, cancer, and now coronavirus. https://t.co/Yk6ZShetPf
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99-year-old Joy Andrew contracted COVID-19 in May at the Minster Grange care home in York, England. She was placed on end-of-life care two weeks later. Additionally, her 57-year-old daughter, Michele Andrew, even said her goodbyes already.
However, “feisty” Joy was able to “miraculously defeat” COVID-19.
“My mother survived an assassination attempt in post-war Germany by her chauffeur, later identified as a Nazi,” Michele said.
“She also survived crash landing in the desert as one of BOAC’s first air hostesses. She was rescued by Bedouins,” the daughter of the veteran continued. “And she survived breast cancer,” she then added.
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“She certainly wasn’t going to let coronavirus defeat her,” Michele added.
Due to her dementia, Joy couldn’t seem to recognize her achievement. However, Michele said the family will celebrate and will come together for Joy’s 100th birthday on November 22nd.
Michele said her mother has always been “a very feisty woman.”
“She takes things in her stride, like a lot of people from her generation who lived through the war tend to do. She carries those characteristics with her to this day and I think it is those which saw her through the last few months,” Michele said.
“Unfortunately, my mother’s dementia prevents her from recognizing her achievement.”
The Daily Mail reported that Joy was “born and raised in north London in the 1920s before joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as a sergeant during the war, where she served in the Operations’ Room at Bomber Command.”