104-year-old WWII veteran defeats Coronavirus and celebrates birthday at the same time




“Pretty good. I made it,” he said when asked how it felt to turn 104. “Good for a few more”…

A WWII veteran recovered from COVID-19 just in time to celebrate his 104th birthday in Oregon on April 1st (Carolee Brown/Facebook)


William Lapschies celebrated his 104th birthday by becoming possibly the oldest person to recover from COVID-19.

William has been isolated in his room at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon in the Unites States, since he was tested positive of Covid-19 on March 5th.

The 104-year-old man was one of the first two cases to be diagnosed with the virus and among one of 15 residents at the seniors’ home. 

Last week, his family received some wonderful news. Eventually, the Second World War veteran and birthday boy who lived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and multiple recessions  had fully recovered from COVID-19, according to a spokesperson, KOIN-TV reports.

Even Though his family wasn’t allowed inside the facility, Williams’ family surprised him outside his house respecting for a social distance measurements to celebrate the good news.

Daughter Carolee Brown told The Oregonian magazine that Apart from likely being the oldest coronavirus survivor, he was also one of the first Oregonians to defeat the disease, 

“He is fully recovered. He is very perky,” Carolee said. “And he is very excited.”

The article says the family brought some balloons and double-layered chocolate cake to celebrate both his birthday and recovery.


Carolee reported that It wasn’t exactly as he celebrated his 101st birthday, Over 200 people congregated for that one.

“We’re so thrilled he’s recovered from this,” she told the Oregonian. “We just had to do something for him.”



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