World’s oldest person could be 120-year-old Guatemalan woman
GUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemalan woman who used to pick coffee and tend sheep — and who will turn 121 in November — could be the world’s oldest by far, a national newspaper reported Tuesday.
Juana Chox Yac, who is an indigenous Kaqchikel Maya, was born November 29, 1893 in the farming village of Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá department, the report in the daily Siglo 21 said.
As a young woman, she worked picking coffee beans, and tending sheep and goats, before marrying at 15, the newspaper said.
Her first husband died nine years after they were married and their two children have died as well.
Chox Yac, however, remarried at 29 and had seven more children before being widowed again in 1964.
She has a family of 75 relatives including children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, said the report, which published a government document with her birth date.
It was not immediately known if her details have been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for verification.
But the report puts her age at four years older than Japan’s Misao Okawa, who turned 116 on March 5 and is the book’s official record holder for longest-lived woman.
You may be interested
One year after first case, Costa Rica to broadcast Covid memorialThe Tico Times - March 5, 2021
Costa Rica confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 6, 2020. By the end of the month, the country had…
Stress-related dental problems rising due to COVID: More patients choose Costa Rica dental tourismJames Madigan / Costa Rica Dental Guide - March 5, 2021
According to a recent report by the American Dental Association, the vast majority of dentists indicate that the prevalence of…
Costa Rica an ‘ideal destination’ for digital nomads, Tourism Board saysAlejandro Zúñiga - March 5, 2021
A growing number of people have turned to the dream of a "digital nomad" lifestyle -- answering emails from the…