World's oldest performer heads home with heal fracture
The world's oldest active stage performer, the German singer and actor Johannes Heesters, returns home from a clinic with his recent fractures nearly healed.
24th January 2008
Bad Wiessee (dpa) - "For a 104-year-old, his health is astounding," said the doctor who treated him at the clinic in Bad Wiessee, Bavaria.
"The X-ray pictures show the bones are joining up fine. He won't have any persisting pain, though he'll have to take it easy for a while and not lift anything heavy," said the doctor, who asked not to be named.
Dutch-born Heesters lost his balance and broke several ribs on January 1 while on holiday in a rented house in Austria, but insisted on resuming his daily singing exercises in hospital despite the pain.
After one week in an Innsbruck, Austria hospital, he moved to the private clinic in Germany which specializes in rehabilitation of accident victims.
Heesters, an operetta singer who was reviled in his native Netherlands for acting in Nazi-era films, has spent most of his life in Germany. His extraordinary age has made his stage shows popular.