Meet Emma Morano.
The elderly lady from Vercelli, Italy, celebrated her birthday on November 29, and the party was anything but ordinary. Why? Because Morano turned 117 on Tuesday, making her the oldest person in the world and the only living person who was born in the 1800s!
She was born in 1899, in the Piedmont region of Italy, and is the oldest of 8 siblings, all of whom she has outlived. Morano – who has witnessed three centuries – lives in a tiny two-room apartment in Pallanza, a town on the Piedmont shore of Lake Maggiore.
During the festivities on Tuesday, the supercentenarian was surrounded by journalists, photographers, relatives and researchers. In addition to that, elementary school children sent her heartwarming birthday greetings, and even President Sergio Mattarella, wished Morano “serenity and good health” on behalf of the entire country.
And when it comes to her longevity, she credits it to being single and getting to bed early. Morano also follows an unusual diet of three eggs – two raw – each day for more than 90 years. Now, she says: “I eat two eggs a day, and that’s it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth.”
The former factory worker and cook officially became the world’s oldest living woman after American Susannah Mushatt Jones died earlier this year. She adds: “People come. I don’t invite anybody but they come. From America, Switzerland, Austria, Turin, Milan … They come from all over to see me.”
Happy birthday, Ms Morano!