Georgian Woman Claims She's 130

That would make her the oldest person in the world
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2010 5:23 PM CDT
Antisa Khvichava, a reportedly 130-year-old Georgian woman, looks at her birthday cake at home in the remote mountain village of Sachino.   (AP Photo/George Abdaladze)

(Newser) – A woman in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia claims to have turned 130 today, making her the world's oldest person. Georgian officials back her up and say Antisa Khvichava was born on July 8, 1880. Her birth certificate is long gone, but she has Soviet-era documents that confirm her age, says a government spokesman. Since retiring from her job as a corn picker in 1965, she has lived with her grandson in a country house in their small mountain village, the Sun reports.

"I've always been healthy, and I've worked all my life—at home and at the farm," Khvichava told the AP through an interpreter. The Gerontology Research Group currently holds a French 114-year-old to be the oldest person and said it had yet to examine Khvichava's case.

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