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World's Oldest Person

By: HurrikanEB, 4:29 AM GMT on February 01, 2009

Uzbekistan Claims World's Oldest Woman AOL

(Jan. 31) – Uzbekistan officials say they have found the world's oldest woman and, if her age proves to be accurate, she would be the oldest documented person to have ever lived, according to BBC News.
Tuti Yusupova's birth certificate says she was born in 1880, officials told the BBC. That would make her 128, six years older than the previously oldest documented person -- Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died at age 122 on Aug. 4, 1997.
World's Oldest PeopleCihan News Agency / Reuters11 photos Uzbekistan officials say they've found the world's oldest woman, 128-year-old Tuti Yusupova. The claim would make Yusupova six years older than the previously known oldest person, but her records have not been independently verified. She lives in a remote village

News reports out of Uzbekistan note that the documents, and Yusupova's age, have not been certified, nor have any international organizations come forward to accept her as the world’s oldest person. Currently, that title goes to 114-year-old Gertrude Baines, who lives in California and whose father is believed to have been a slave, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Yusupova's records came to light when officials searched for people over the age of 100 in honor of the country's upcoming 14th anniversary of independence, Safar Hakimov, Uzbek Local Authority Chairman, told the BBC.
Yusupova married at age 17, the BBC said -- which would mean she married in the 19th century -- and had two children. She currently lives with her grandchildren, whose ages weren't given by the BBC but who are clearly well into their own adulthood.
Yusupova says her only health problem is that her hearing isn't as good as it used to be.

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