Holocaust survivor beats coronavirus in Broward

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nurses and doctors lined up on Friday to celebrate Steffi Goldberger Berg as she left the Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

“Every single one did their best and took care of me like a baby,” she said, after surviving the coronavirus disease.

The 92-year-old Holocaust survivor lost her 93-year-old husband, Willie Berg, of 70 years, to the coronavirus pandemic. Berg, who was born in Berlin, Germany, died at their home in Fort Lauderdale on March 23.

Goldberger and Berg fled Germany and met in Shanghai, China. They moved to Israel after the war and moved to the United States in 1954. The couple settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and had three daughters.

Goldberger Berg has five grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Five days after her husband died, she and one of their daughters were diagnosed with COVID-19. Her daughter recovered and she was able to donate plasma to help save her.

“The past 12 weeks have been unbelievable,” said Cindy Berg Vayonis, one of her daughters, adding “This is a miracle. This is a true miracle.”

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