This is incredibly brave!
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Maria Gomes Valentim, a 114-year-old Brazilian woman who was born on July 9, 1896, according to Guinness World Records.
Although bound to a wheelchair, the world's oldest person is in relatively good health and attributes her longevity to eating a roll of bread for breakfast everyday paired with fruit.
Her granddaughter told newspapers her long life is due to more than just a healthy diet too, explaining:
"She says she has lived long because she has always taken care of her own life – and not the life of others."
Less stress and less mess means a longer life!
Even MORE amazing than her age is the fact that she lives off of $335 a month thanks to Brazil's minimum pension.
Relatives hope her recognition may improve her financial system and so do we!
Guinness recognizes Maria's age as an unprecedented feat for her country, saying:
"To receive a claim from a woman born during the reign of Queen Victoria – before the Ford Motor Company was formed, or before even George and Ira Gershwin, were born – is remarkable in itself, but for that woman to be Brazilian makes it extra special. Never has a successful claim for longevity emerged from Brazil – until now."
Congrats on the title, Maria! We hope you hold it for many years to come!