Maria Olszowska was born in the town of Kuty, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine), on 15 September 1907. She married and had a daughter there. Following World War II, she settled in Lower Silesia, firstly in Oborniki Śląskie and later in Wrocław. She became known in 2010 when, at the age of 103, she successfully underwent the by-pass implantation surgery as the oldest patient in Europe. The operation was conducted by Prof. Marian Zembala in the cardiology clinic in Zabrze.
Maria Olszowska passed away on 29 August 2017, two weeks shy of her 110th birthday. She is the longevity recordholder of Lower Silesia Voivodeship. Moreover, Mrs. Olszowska is the second-oldest person to have ever been born in the former Stanisławów Voivodeship behind Tekla Juniewicz.
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