Italian woman, Emma Morano, clebrates her 117th birthday today. She is believed to be the last known person alive who was born in the 19th century.
Born 29 November, 1899, she is the world’s oldest living person and the secret to her longevity appears to lie in eschewing usual medical wisdom.
In an interview with AFP last month she said “I eat two eggs a day, and that’s it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth,”
Concerning her birthday she was quoted as saying “People come. I don’t invite anybody but they come. From America, Switzerland, Austria, Turin, Milan… They come from all over to see me,”.
She’s not sure she will eat some birthday cake, saying “the last time I ate a little, but then I did not feel good” but she will be surely thankful to God for leaving her violent husband in 1938 shortly after the death in infancy of her only son.
It would suprise you to know that Emma Morano has not left her small two-room apartment in Verbania, a town in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore. for 20 years, and has been bed-bound for the last year.
Though her mind is alert, she is very deaf, speaks with difficulty and does not see well enough to watch television, spending her time either sleeping or snacking.