104-year-old WWII veteran recovers from coronavirus, celebrates birthday with family
New Delhi : As the world is getting shocking news of people dying every day due to coronavirus, this man has brought the hopes back in the troubling time. A 104-year-old United States World War 2 veteran recovered from coronavirus just in time to celebrate his birthday with his family on April 1.
Identified as William "Bill" Lapschies, the man had got the coronavirus a couple of weeks back and now he has completely recovered from the disease. In World War 2, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.
Media reports claim that he contracted the virus at a veterans' home in Oregon on March 5 where 15 other residents tested positive. He was kept in isolation at his room, and this week he tested negative for coronavirus.
According to CBS News, the doctors told his family members that he might not make it but he made a miraculous recovery for a man of his age. William's son-in-law called him "pretty resilient."
In fact, his family gave him a surprise birthday party on his 104th birthday on April 1. To keep things safe, the social distancing was kept during the celebrations.
"This isn't exactly how his family wanted to celebrate," his daughter Carolee Brown told KION, adding "We celebrated his 101 and had over 200 people," she said. "But we're so thrilled he's recovered from this and we just had to do something for him."