Lucile Randon

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Lucile Randon
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Randon as a child
Born(1904-02-11)11 February 1904
(age 118 years, 236 days)
Alès, Occitanie, France
Other namesSister André
OccupationRoman Catholic nun
Known for
  • Oldest living person
    (since 19 April 2022)
  • Oldest known person to have been infected with and recovered from COVID-19

Lucile Randon (born 11 February 1904) or Sister André, is a French supercentenarian and Roman Catholic nun. She is the second verified oldest European person ever (behind Jeanne Calment) as well as the fourth-oldest validated person in recorded history, behind Jeanne Calment, Kane Tanaka and Sarah Knauss. Since Kane Tanaka's death on 19 April 2022, she is currently the oldest living person in the world.[1] She is also the oldest person to ever receive the title of the world’s oldest living person (118 years and 67 days).

Biography[change | change source]

Randon was born in Alès, on 11 February 1904. She worked as a governess in many families, and became a religious sister at age 41. She worked in a hospital in Vichy for 31 years, then moved to a nursing home in Haute-Savoie for 30 years, and finally to Toulon in 2009. Randon is known by her religious name Sœur Andrée. She is confined to a wheelchair.[2]

Randon had three brothers, and a twin sister who died as an infant. On her birthday she said "115 years is enough, I hope the Good Lord takes me this year".[2]

At age 116 Randon caught and recovered from COVID-19.[3] She is the oldest known survivor of the virus.[4][5]

Longevity milestones[change | change source]

  • 19 October 2017 - Honorine Rondello died. Lucile Randon become the oldest living person in France.[6]
  • 18 Jun 2019 - Maria Giuseppa Robucci of Italy died. Lucile Randon become the oldest living person in Europe.
  • 11 February 2021 – Lucile Randon became the 10th verified person in history to reach age 117, and the 2nd French person to do so.
  • 5 October 2021 - Francisca Celsa dos Santos of Brazil died. Lucile Randon became the last verified surviving person born in 1904.
  • 11 February 2022 – Lucile Randon became the 4th verified person in history to reach age 118, and the first to do so since Kane Tanaka, who celebrated her 118th birthday on 2 January 2021.
  • 19 April 2022 - Kane Tanaka died. Lucile Randon, aged 118 years and 67 days, become the world's oldest living person.

References[change | change source]

  1. Lefèvre, Thibault; Emanuele, Valeria (11 February 2019). "Sœur André a 115 ans aujourd'hui et deux souhaits" [Sister André turns 115 today, and has two wishes] (in French). France Inter. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dubault, Fabrice (12 February 2019). "Gard : l'Alésienne soeur André, doyenne des Français, a fêté ses 115 ans à Toulon" [Gard: Sister André from Alès, oldest woman in France, celebrated her 115th birthday in Toulon] (in French). France 3. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  3. "World's second-oldest person survives COVID-19 at age 116". AP NEWS. 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  4. "Europe's oldest person survives Covid just before 117th birthday". BBC News. 9 February 2021. Archived from the original on 10 February 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  5. "Europe's oldest person, a 117-year-old French nun, survives COVID-19". WCVB. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  6. CNNWire (10 February 2021). "World's second-oldest person survives COVID-19 at age 116". ABC7 Chicago. Archived from the original on 19 February 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
Records
Preceded by
Kane Tanaka
Oldest verified living person
19 April 2022 - Present
Succeeded by
Current