Photo: Maria Gomes Valentim
An almost 115-year-old Brazilian woman, Maria Gomes Valentim, could go down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘Oldest Living Person.’
According to Guinness World Records (GWR), born on July 9, 1896, resident of Carangola, Brazil, Valentim is 48 days older than Besse Cooper from Monroe, Georgia, US.
One hundred years and 313 days old Valentim has been living all her life in her hometown. She has one child, a son, who is in his early 90s, and furthermore has 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
“To receive a claim from a woman born during the reign of Queen Victoria - before the Ford Motor Company was formed…—is remarkable in itself, but for that woman to be Brazilian makes it extra special. Never has a successful claim for longevity emerged from Brazil,” said GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.
The global record breaking Brazilian claimed a healthy diet has promoted her longevity.
Though she is cared for by her granddaughter, she is still able to eat completely on her own.