Pic shows: Tuti Yusupova died recently at the age of 135. A campaign has started to have this woman listed in the Guinness book of records as the oldest ever.
A campaign has started to have a woman from Uzbekistan listed in the Guinness book of records as the oldest ever after she died recently at the age of 135.
The birth certificate and passport of Tuti Yusupova both list her as having been born on 1 July 1880, which would make a considerably older than French woman Jeanne Calment who died aged 122 in 1997 having been born on 21 February 1875.
The funeral of Tuti was attended this week by Baxadir Yangibaev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of the region of Karakalpakstan which was where she lived in Uzbekistan.
He said that it was without doubt that her age had been proven according to the documentation and that the information would be passed on to Guinness so that the woman could claim her place in history.
And he added that out of a population of 30 million, the country had 8,700 centenarians which meant it was obviously a healthy place to live.
Only recently a documentary was aired about the elderly woman entitled «Tuti Yusupova — Witness of three centuries.»
She agreed to it although she disliked publicity because she was fascinated by television, and in her later years spent a lot of time watching programs.
In the programme about her she told viewers: «I can tell you that the secret to a long life is to do lots of work in the fields and to live an honest life. Having lived through so many wars I would also tell the children of today to try and live their lives in the company of good people, and to appreciate times of peace.»
She was also visited by experts from the World Health Organisation who wanted to study her as part of research into longevity.
The fact that she was 135 was never doubted by officials in Uzbekistan where in 2008 she was honoured with a special price known as the Shukhrat.
She leaves behind more than 100 descendants who are backing the claim for her age as the world’s oldest ever living human being to be officially recognised.