Andela was born and raised in Chernarus, in a small town called Orlevets. It wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst either. Being such a small town, she would have to ride the bus to Berezino to get her education. Her father worked in the lumber mill that was also there, and her mother worked in the orchards. It was a simple life and really Andela really didn't want more or less, she was an only child but that wasn't that bad. She had friends, she was popular in school and was a very good student.
It wasn't until she was a bit older and she was a teen that her mother got diagnosed with coronary artery disease, she and her father took her to the hospital in Berezino. They helped with what they could, it just was a waiting game. They needed to open up her arteries so the blood could flow freely into her heart again. It was supposed to be an easy procedure, but it didn't go right...and Andys mother died during the surgery. It was a hard time for Andy and her father.
She continued with school, and thankfully her father job at the lumber mill was good enough that she didn't need to get a job to help him. Her mothers' death though struck her hard and in a way inspired her to do something about it. So she got a scholarship and entered the College of Novigrad, and percussed an education in medicine. Coming back a few times, but when she heard of the infection she braved the treck back to her home.