'Sopranos' actor on hand for special sendoff as 104-year-old aunt beats COVID-19

A nursing home in Brooklyn had a special sendoff for a 104-year-old woman who beat the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2020, 9:17 PM

Updated 1,487 days ago

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Ida Acconciamessa was released from Sheepshead Nursing and Rehab Monday after contracting the coronavirus in early April. 
Her nephew, "Sopranos" actor Joe Gannascoli, joined in on the celebration. "Thank God my aunt recovered from the virus… It's remarkable, it's a miracle,” said Gannascoli. 
"Ida's triumph is a testament not only to her perseverance but to the expert and loving care she received here,” said Chief Medical Officer Tvzi Jonas. 
Acconciamessa was wheeled through a crowd of nurses, doctors, hospital staff and family. 
Gannascoli played music as they cheered and clapped to celebrate her recovery. 
"It was phenomenal, the whole staff seemed like they were here, it was quite the reception and my aunt doesn't look like 104,” said Gannascoli. 
The actor also dropped off food for the health care workers at the nursing home, as part of his GoFundMe campaign to feed essential workers. 
He says the staff had been phenomenal. Gannascoli also shared his aunt’s secret to longevity. 
"She attributes red wine, a McIntosh a day, I throw in a little tomato sauce,” said Gannascoli. 
Gannascoli says his family plans to celebrate his aunt’s release and also plans to continue making deliveries to essential workers. 
Next up is NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in the Bronx.
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