HYDERABAD: With over 50 members in her immediate family, a 119-year-old matriarch from a family in Vanasthalipuram in Hyderabad has been adjudged the oldest living person in the world by the High Range Book of World Records (HRBWR).
T Narasamma, born in 1898, was on Friday awarded the oldest person living (female) award, after she replaced Emma Martina Luigia Morano from Italy—presently 118 years old. The oldest person in recorded history was Jeanne Calment of France aged 122 years who died in 1997.
After verifying her Aadhar details, she was identified as the oldest living person. "She has seen generations of our family and is still a very healthy woman who eats a lot," said Pentamma N, the 75-year-old daughter of Narasamma.
"I was the fourth child—three of the children elder to me, died—and our family has over 50 members," she added. The family is happy and proud that the 119-year-old great grand mother has won the award.
Yarra Nagaiah, father of film actor Giri Babu, was awarded the HRBWR in 2016 for the oldest person living (male). He was born in the year 1910 and is 106 years old.
The HRBWR was established in 2014 and according to their website—www.highrangeworldrecords.com—its India headoffice is situated in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.