Illinois woman overcomes series of medical issues to celebrate 100th birthday

Ethel Weston turned 100 years old on Thursday. (Image Courtesy: WTLX 19)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Ethel Weston, of East St. Louis, Illinois turned 100 years old on Thursday.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1920 in Ruleville, Mississippi. She currently lives at Mercy Rehab and Care Center in Swansea, Illinois.

Weston’s family and friends will celebrate her birthday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis on Feb. 15.

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Weston’s daughter told 5 On Your Side in Illinois, her mom considers herself somewhat of a ‘medical miracle.’

She has survived three heart attacks, triple bypass surgery, a stroke, colon cancer, thyroidectomy and shingles that developed in her right eye.

She’s led a full, productive life and has traveled to more than half of the states in North America as well as several countries, her daughter said.

Weston and her husband moved to East St. Louis in the early 1950s and raised six grandchildren.

The couple also has nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.