Worlds Oldest Person – Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia claim Antisa Khvichava is 130, making her the world’s oldest person.
Antisa Khvichava, the reportedly 130-year-old Georgian woman, looks at her birthday cake during a ceremony marking her birthday at home in the remote mountain village of Sachino 229 miles from Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi.
Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry, said Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880.
The woman, who lives with her 40-year-old grandson in an idyllic vine-covered country house in the mountains, retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in 1965, when she was 85, records say.
“I’ve always been healthy, and I’ve worked all my life — at home and at the farm,” said Khvichava, in a bright dress and headscarf, her withering lips rejuvenated by shiny red lipstick.
Sitting in the chair and holding her cane, the elderly woman spoke quietly through an interpreter since she never went to school to learn Georgian and speaks only the local language, Mingrelian.
Her age couldn’t immediately be independently verified. Her birth certificate was lost — one of the great number to have disappeared in the past century amid revolutions and a civil war which followed the collapse of the Russian Empire.
But Meurnishvili showed two Soviet-era documents that he says attest to her age. Scores of officials, neighbors, friends, and descendants backed up her claim as the world’s top senior.
The Gerontology Research Group currently recognizes 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard of Saint Barthelemy, France, as the world’s oldest person. The organization is yet to examine Khvichava’s claim.
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