Cuban woman marks 126th birthday

US-based Gerontology Research Group doesn`t recognise the claim to longevity.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 11:17 AM IST

Ceiba Hueca: Relatives and friends of a Cuban woman have celebrated what they say is her 126th birthday, though that claim to longevity is not recognised internationally. Cuba`s Prensa Latina agency says Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodriguez has a civil registry document that states she was born on February 02, 1885, in the town of Ceiba Hueca, where she still lives.
Her 125th birthday celebration last year was covered extensively in the island`s state-run media, but she isn`t recognised by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which verifies information for Guinness World Records.
The claim would make her the world`s oldest person by more than a decade. At 114 years old, American Besse Cooper is recognised as the world`s oldest person.

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