(NEW YORK POST) – A tough-as-nails 100-year-old woman dubbed a “boomerang” has more lives than a cat.
Rose Heely, who survived two heart attacks and conquered scarlet fever, diphtheria and whooping cough, among other medical crises, has now given the heave-ho to the coronavirus, South West News Service reports.
“She is delighted to be back home. She’s our little boomerang — she never fails to come back with a vengeance,” the British centenarian’s granddaughter Tracey Appleyard, 49, told the news outlet.
“We were all so worried about her having the virus. At first we feared the worst, but we knew she was in safe hands and soon enough we knew she would come out dancing,” she said.
“Everyone was amazing on the ward and kept us updated, we are so thankful for the care they gave our lovely nanan.”
Appleyard said that Heely, from Sheffield, South Yorks, attributes her strong composition to a nightly cup of tea with whisky and a gingernut biscuit.
“She’s got such a positive attitude. She can put a smile on anybody’s face,” her granddaughter said. “She is still doing great for 100 and tells such wonderful stories. We love her so much.”
She continued: “My nanan definitely got her fill of childhood illnesses, but she fought them all off, just like she has done with this coronavirus.
“She has suffered a bit of ill health in the past eight years as she has angina and has had two heart attacks but this just proves she is still strong and fighting.”
Heely received a standing ovation when she left the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield after 18 days.
Hospital matron Katie Ashton said: “We are always delighted to see patients like Rose getting better and going home. She has an amazing spirit and it was so uplifting to be able to clap her out of the ward on discharge.”