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The oldest person in WA to undergo a major hip replacement has celebrated her 109th birthday – and celebrated with cake and a letter from the Queen.

Helen Stamelos has survived two World Wars to celebrate her 109th birthday image www.ozrural.com.au

Helen Stamelos has survived two World Wars to celebrate her 109th birthday with (left) and a letter from the Queen.

The oldest person in WA to undergo a major hip replacement has celebrated her 109th birthday – and celebrated with cake and a letter from the Queen.

Helen Stamelos, who celebrated her milestone on Monday, is recovering from the surgery, which she was told she had only a 20 per cent chance of surviving.

But doctors and nurses have been surprised by her strength and determination, which granddaughter Nicole Mammone believes stems from living through two World Wars

“She’s so strong-willed, and seen so much in her life that I think for her a hip replacement was a piece of cake,” Mrs Mammone said.
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“It [surviving the wars] contributed to her attributes- she’s just so resilient and strong. It has hardened her, but it makes life seem easier.”

Mrs Mammone said her grandmother was an inspiration to everyone who met her.

“There is so much going on in the world, people are getting sick left, right and centre, and she’s managed to overcome that. She’s an amazing woman, and it’s great that our kids get to witness it,” she said.

Along with the birthday celebrations, with the help from Member for Stirling Michael Kennan, Mrs Mammone and her family were able to present Helen with a congratulatory letter from the Queen, Governor General and the Prime Minister.

“She was quite surprised and a bit overwhelmed when she received the letter, but there’s a running joke in our family that she said she’s not leaving this earth until she gets her letter from the Queen,” she said.

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Henry Sapiecha

December 7th, 2015
Topic: AGED CARE, WOMEN Tags: , , ,

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