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Oldest living person, 121, 'found' in Brazil during home doctor visit

World’s oldest living person, at 121 years old, is discovered in Brazil by a mobile medical team: Maria Gomes de Reis was born June 16, 1900, and lived her long life in the same small village

  • The oldest person in the world could be  Maria Gomes dos Reis, a 121-year-old woman who resides in Bom Jesus da Lapa, Brazil
  • City officials recently discovered her age after dispatching a medical mobile unit to her residence
  • Gomes dos Reis lives with her granddaughter Célia Gomes and has 13 great grandchildren and and six great great grandchildren who also help out
  • Guinness World Records has acknowledged 118-year-old French nun Lucile Randon as the oldest living person
  • She replaced Kane Tanaka, of Japan, who died aged 118, on April 19 

Brazilian officials believe they may have stumbled upon the oldest living person in the world after doctors treated a 121-year-old woman at her home.

The shocking discovery was made when a mobile medical team was dispatched to the Bom Jesus da Lapa residence of Maria Gomes dos Reis.

Gomes dos Reis was born June 16, 1900 in the Bom Jesus da Lapa village of Bela Vista, according to her birth certificate. Incredibly, she is still residing in her tiny home town, according to Brazilian news outlet G1.

All of her children have died and she now lives with her granddaughter Célia Gomes.

Officials in the Brazilian city of Bom Jesus da Lapa believe Maria Gomes dos Reis, 121, is the world’s oldest living person

The city learned of Maria Gomes dos Reis learned of her age when a mobile medical unit was dispatched to her home in Bom Jesus da Lapa

Maria Gomes dos Reis, of Bom Jesus da Lapa, Brazil was born June 16, 1900. The 121-year-old would have to be confirmed by Guinness World Record as the oldest living person in the world. Currently, French nun Lucile Randon, 119, is the oldest person in the world

Gomes said her grandmother was pretty active until eight years ago, when she was preparing meals, doing laundry and attending mass. She says her life now revolves around ‘taking care of her.’

‘We know she has advanced age,’ Gomes said. ‘But knowing that she is the oldest in the world? Even we are amazed.’

Her great granddaughters Vitória Stefani and Ivanilde Gomes also take turns in helping out with Gomes dos Reis daily needs.

‘She is still aware of many things. She talks to us,’ Vitória Gomes said. ‘Sometimes she forgets who she is. Now more than often she is not remembering.’

Maria Gomes dos Reis is taken care by her granddaughter, Célia Gomes, as well as 13 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren

Maria Gomes dos Reis was born June 16, 1900 in the Bom Jesus da Lapa village of Bela Vista, where she amazingly is still residing

In total, Gomes dos Reis has 13 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren, each of whom have learned valuable lessons from her.

She may well be around to see the family to expand to a fifth generation with the upcoming birth of a child. 

‘I never lacked anything, and she always said the following phrase, which I take to my life: ‘Go study, girl,” said Ivanilde Gomes, who moved in with when she was six years old. ‘If today I managed to graduate, it was thanks to the encouragement I had from my great grandmother.’

Maria Gomes dos Reis has 13 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren

According to Guinness World Records, the oldest person in the world is 118-year-old French Nun Lucile Randon. She was born February 11, 1904.

She replaced 119-year-old Kane Tanaka, of Japan, on the record-keeping registry following her death on April 19.

To confirm Gomes dos Reis’ spot on the list, she or her family would be required to pay 4,000 Brazilian reais, around $800, and provide legal documents proving her age to Guinness.

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