Iron will to live: 102 year-old woman has survived the Spanish Flu, cancer and Covid

A 102-year-old New York woman who lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu and overcame cancer survived not only one — but two bouts with the coronavirus. Angelina Friedman — a Westchester County nursing home resident with “an iron will to live” — battled COVID-19 back in March, as well as in October, her daughter told WPIX-TV. “She’s not the oldest to survive COVID, but she may be the oldest to survive it twice,” Joanne Merola told the outlet. The centenarian was born Angelina Sciales on Oct. 18, 1918, on a ship taking immigrants from Italy to the Big Apple in the midst of the influenza, Merola said. Friedman’s mother died in childbirth on the ship, and she was raised with the help of her two sisters. Her father later joined Friedman and her 10 siblings in America and the family settled in Brooklyn.