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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 01:53 AM

104-Year Old World War II Veteran Celebrated 'Socially Distant' Birthday After Coronavirus Recovery

'A 104-year-old World War II veteran had a socially distanced birthday party after recovering from the coronavirus,' Insider, April 3, 2020.

William Lapschies, a 104-year-old World War II veteran from Lebanon, Oregon, recovered from the novel coronavirus this week. His family celebrated his recovery - as well as his 104th birthday - with a socially distanced party outside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home, where Lapschies lives. Family members made posters and held balloons while nurses cared for Lapschies by the door.

At 104, Lapschies has not only survived the coronavirus, but also the 1918 Spanish Flu, and lived through the Great Depression.
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A 104-year-old World War II veteran celebrated his birthday with a socially distanced party after he fully recovered from the coronavirus.



William "Bill" Lapschies was put in isolation at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon, Oregon, after first showing symptoms of COVID-19 on March 5, according to KOIN.

He was one of the first two residents at the facility to test positive for the virus. In total, the home has had 15 positive coronavirus cases, and two residents have died, the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs told KOIN.

Lapschies met recovery guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority this week, and he celebrated with his family on Wednesday with a socially distanced party.

Lapschies told reporters that it felt "pretty good" to be 104. "I made it," he told KOIN. "Good for a few more."

Video from the party showed Lapschies in a wheelchair near his facility's door. Friends and family stood yards from him with signs and balloons.

"We celebrated his 101 and had over 200 people. So trying to keep our social distancing and do what Governor Brown has asked us to do," Lapschies' daughter, Carolee Brown, told KOIN. "But we're so thrilled he's recovered from this and we just had to do something for him."

Lapschies lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu and the Great Depression, and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. At 104, he has two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

He is believed to be the oldest person to recover from COVID-19, Oregon Public Radio reported.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/a-104-year-old-world-war-ii-veteran-had-a-socially-distanced-birthday-party-after-recovering-from-the-coronavirus/ar-BB125eY2?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

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appalachiablue Apr 5 OP
Cha Apr 5 #1
BigmanPigman Apr 5 #2
whathehell Apr 5 #3
diverdownjt Apr 5 #4
BeckyDem Apr 5 #5
elias7 Apr 5 #6
Aristus Apr 5 #8
elias7 Apr 5 #9
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 03:43 AM

1. KR! Amazing Inspiring story.. Good on ya, "Bill" Lapschies

And, Happy Birthday!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 04:20 AM

2. Get some of his plasma with anti-bodies and

some of his genes as well. He's a rare gem.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 04:36 AM

3. Wow!

.Go on with your bad self, Bill. :

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 04:56 AM

4. Give 'em hell Bill....

I really hope to hear about your 105th birthday too....

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:00 AM

5. Love this !

K&R

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:13 AM

6. I believe his doc gave all the VA folks hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin

If I heard the story right from another source, raising several ethical questions at once, not the least of which would be why you would opt to treat a 104 year old person with a potential life saving drug that will likely become in short supply very soon.

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Response to elias7 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:32 AM

8. That's a poorly-informed doctor.

The idea that a hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin combo can successfully treat COVID-19 came from a highly-flawed French study, the patient population of which was 19. Experts on the novel coronavirus are pleading for people to avoid this treatment.

A much more comprehensive study out of China seems to confirm that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for COVID-19. The control group was made up of patients who were already undergoing hydroxychloroquine treatment for unrelated reasons. The study revealed that the treatment neither prevented infection, nor decreased the duration or severity of it.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 04:43 PM

9. Yep, gives evidence based folks a bad name

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:28 AM

7. If you want to kill this guy, you're going to need some kryptonite!

Happy Birthday, sir!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 05:43 PM

10. Tg👍🏻 He is lucky his doc did not decide to murder him due to lack of ventilators

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