Bill Lapschies Wiki – Bill Lapschies Biography
Bill Lapschies is a World War II veteran, Lapschies is believed to be one of the world’s oldest survivors of the coronavirus.
Bill Lapschies Age
He is 104 years old.
Bill Lapschies Early Life
Lapschies was born in Salem, Oregon in 1916
Bill Lapschies Spanish Flu
lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that killed between 50 to 100 million people worldwide and endured the Great Depression. In 1939,
Bill Lapschies Wife
he married Alamadean “Deanie” Buetell. They were married for 60 years until she died in 2001.
Bill Lapschies Career
In 1943, with two young daughters, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and for the remainder of WWII, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands where he dispatched trucks and heavy equipment.
Bill Lapschies Birthday
Bill Lapschies’ granddaughter Jamie Yutzie said he has a contagious smile tucked behind his pale blue surgical mask.
On Wednesday, Lapschies’ family carried balloons, cake and signs outside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, to celebrate his 104th birthday. With everyone spaced out 6-feet to maintain social distancing, staff wheeled Lapschies out of the home and onto a small patio surrounded by balloons.
Lapschies’ 100th birthday had over 200 people in attendance so Wednesday’s affair was a little small by comparison. But these festivities are special for another reason. With just over 25 days since his first symptoms and 19 days since he had a fever, Lapschies is believed to be the world’s oldest coronavirus survivor.
Sitting in a wheelchair under an awning as rain came down around him, his legs wrapped in a blanket adorned in American flags and wearing a World War II veteran hat, Yutzie asked Lapschies how he managed to survive his bout of coronavirus.
With a hearty laugh, Lapschies said, “I don’t know.” Pausing for a minute he added, “It just went away. Sit out here and you can get rid of anything.”
Bill Lapschies Corona Virus
Lapschies had a moderate case of the virus, according to his doctor. He never developed severe respiratory issues, Dr. Rob Richardson said, one of the two doctors overseeing care at the veterans home. Richardson said had Lapschies not been in a long term care facility, he likely would have been hospitalized but would not have required a ventilator.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
Bill Lapschies, 104, is believed to be the world’s oldest coronavirus survivor
His veteran’s home has to date reported 16 Covid-19 cases among its residents
Of those, eight recovered, two are in a serious condition, and two have died
Two nurses, turned away for testing, continued working for a week with the virus