127-year-old Chinese woman claims to be world's oldest person

Updated: 2012-09-06
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A woman who claims to be the world's oldest person has allegedly celebrated her 127th birthday.
 
Luo Meizhen lives with her only son, who she reportedly gave birth to at the age of 61, in Bama, south China's Guangxi province.
 
She was born on July 9, 1885 in the Chinese lunar calendar, which this year fell on August 25 in the international calendar.
 
That would make her 127 - five years older than the verified oldest person who ever lived.
 
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Survivor: Luo Meizhen, pictured with her son, claims to be a staggering 127 years old, an age that, if verified, would make her the oldest person to have ever lived
 
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Record-breaker? Luo lives in Bama in south China's Guangxi province and was reportedly born on July 9, 1885
 
At a birthday party held in her honour Luo ate a bowl of rice, two slices of pork, a piece of duck meat and chicken, and two pieces of cake.
 
Bama County is famous in China for the longevity of its residents. The 2000 census recorded 74 centenarians, a surprisingly large number considering the total population is only 238,000.
 
The ratio of centenarians there is 30.8 per 100,000, far exceeding the international standard of 25 per 100,000 for 'hometowns of longevity' - centenarian-clustered areas recognised by the International Natural Medicine Society.
 
Lou's claim to be 127 is likely to be met with a large dose of scepticism.
 
The verified oldest person in the world turned 116 just last month.
 
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Birthday girl: Luo celebrates her special day last month with her family and friends
 
Besse Cooper, from Monroe, Georgia, rang in her 117th year of life on August 26, surrounded by friends and family at the nursing home where she now lives.
 
When asked about her secret to long life, Mrs Cooper told Guinness World Records: 'I mind my own business and I don't eat junk food.'
 
She was born on August 26, 1896, in Sullivan, Tennessee and moved to Georgia in 1917.
 
Besse has 12 grandchildren and a slew of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
 
The verified oldest person to have ever lived was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who was born in 1875 and died in 1997 aged 122 years and 164 days old.
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