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122-Year-Old Saigon Woman Confirmed As World’s Oldest

The World Records Association (WRA) has completed the verification process and officially confirmed Saigon’s 122-year-old Nguyen Thi Tru, as the world’s oldest woman.

“After reviewing all the application documents and verifying related information, the Worldkings committee decided to recognize Mrs. Tru as 'the oldest living woman' in the world,” the first international union of records organizations said in a statement Thursday, reports Thanh Nien.

Tru, who has 11 children (only 4 of which are still living), was born in 1893 and was acknowledged as the country’s oldest person by the Vietnam Book of Records in 2011.

It was only last month that the WRA identified Tru as the world record holder following the death of the previous title holder, Japan’s Misao Okawa, who passed away on April 1. The organization will send a delegation to meet Tru this June to present her with a certificate.

Tru said a good diet (her favorite meal consists of porridge with pork, milk and a soft dessert), staying optimistic and helping other people to feel relaxed and happy are her secrets to living a long life.

Her family says that she has never been hospitalized for any illness before.

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