96yo Sews COVID Masks With Adopted Family After Fall

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This is the 96-year-old OAP who spends her days making masks for healthcare workers after being ‘adopted’ by family friends when she had a fall.

Telma, who lives in the eastern Argentine capital Buenos Aires, has known 40-year-old Roxana Grimaldi and her family since the latter was eight years old and they now live under the same roof despite not being related.

Speaking about their lives, Roxana told local media that she first knew Telma when she was eight years old and became like a surrogate grandmother to her.

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She recalled: “Telma was magic. She knitted hats and scarves and little clothes for my dolls.”

The pair remained close for many years before Telma fell over and hurt herself while making tea for Roxana in April 2019.

After talking with her family, Roxana asked Telma to move with them so that she could take care of her because the OAP did not have any living relatives.

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Telma told local media: “They converted a beautiful big room for me. Roxana cooks for me and I spend time with her family. They are like my grandchildren.”

During isolation, Roxana and Telma decided to sew face masks to help the local hospital.

Netizen ‘Lili Escobar’ commented: “What a beautiful thing, God bless you and Telma.”

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‘Andrea Sucasas’ said: “Beautiful story! Congratulations.”

‘Diana Muratore’ wrote: “Congratulations Roxana, you are an example to others with this beautiful grandmother. God bless you. Stay at home.”

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Argentina has registered 1,265 cases of COVID-19 and 37 related deaths.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.