At the age of 107, the Minnesota woman recently hit Covid-19 after being diagnosed this fall, according to officials at Ecumen Detroit Lakes Community House, where she has lived since 2015.
This isn’t the first pandemic Dybing has seen. She was born in 1913 and was nearly 5 years old when the 1918 pandemic flu hit her family’s farm in North Dakota, she told CNN subsidiary KARE.
“My folks got sick and they were in bed, and I’d run into the bed and my Dad said, ‘Can’t you find another place to run,'” she told CNN.
Dybing suffered other losses throughout her life, including the death of several younger brothers and her husband in the early 1980s. She is also a cancer survivor who overcame uterine cancer at the age of 95, KARE reported.
She now she has survived two viral pandemics. The only Covid 19 symptoms that Dybing claims to have were fatigue.
“Nothing in her lungs. They said she doesn’t have a fever. She just slept all the time,” Tillie’s daughter Susan Berke told KARE.
Dybing recently returned to her apartment at the facility after spending a few weeks away from the general population, Ecumen officials told CNN. They also said that they are happy she has recovered and thanked her family for trusting them with her care at home.
“We continue to be so grateful to see that smile and hear her infectious laugh each day,” Ecumen Detroit Lakes posted on their its Facebook page. “She is such a blessing to our community!”
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