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Woman might be oldest person alive at 127, but she can't prove it

According to an article in the New York Post on Sunday, a woman in Mexico may be the oldest person alive, but since her birth certificate was lost forty years ago she can't prove she is 127 years old. Leandra Becerra Lumbreras' relatives say her birth has been documented and certified by judges following an investigation conducted by the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Her relatives insist she was born Aug. 31, 1887.

Lumbreras is a retired seamstress who lives in the city of Zapopan. All of her five children have died. The last one died in 2013 at the age of 90. She has 20 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren.

Her 43-year-old granddaughter says her grandmother is lucid and can tell stories about things that have happened during her lifetime going back to when she fought in the Mexican Revolution in 1910. At her age, she is still quite healthy. She has good teeth and enjoys eating foods such as chocolate, beans, tortillas and milk. She is deaf and suffers from cataracts. She was active with sewing and weaving until two years ago. Lumbreras' relatives credit her long life to eating well, never getting married, and long durations of sleep. She has a tendency to sleep three straight days at a time.

Unfortunately despite the family's claim, the Guinness Book of World Records has declined to recognize Lumbreras as the world’s oldest person because of the missing birth certificate that was lost when the woman moved. Even so, Lumbreras is still considered the unofficial oldest person alive.

It is reported that Mexican officials are currently investigating the family's claim, and if it checks out they will provide a new birth certificate so Lumbreras can be recognized for not only the oldest person on earth, but the oldest verified age ever. The latter record stands at 122 years and 164 days. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Japan's Misao Okawa is the oldest living person. She's 115; twelve years younger than Lumbreras.

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