Vera Mueller, a 104-year-old resident of Sauer Health Care in Winona, recently beat the odds by surviving COVID-19. She may even be one of the oldest in the country to do so.
Two days after her birthday on March 23, Vera was diagnosed with the disease that is quickly spreading around the globe, her son Bob Mueller said.
Her symptoms included a fever, nausea and a cough, which were treated with Tylenol and oxygen as she rested in quarantine.
The care of the staff was not the only factor that helped the former homemaker, who spent her life focusing on her family, win the battle against the deadly disease.
Bob said she was able to survive because of “her faith, for one, and then the love for her family.”
He said she also powered through because she had the goal of returning to her own room, which she had grown used to as a 13-year-resident of Sauer.
Her family, including Bob, would visit her at her window during her quarantine. Bob remembered her not looking very well during those visits.
The family would attempt to speak with her over the phone, but she was only able to speak for about a minute at a time due to exhaustion. That would lead to her having to quickly hang up the phone.
The inability to talk with her took a toll on the family as they saw her suffer from COVID-19. They didn’t give up, though, going almost every day to visit with her.