The World Records Union (Worldkings) has recognized Nguyen Thi Tru of Ho Chi Minh City as the world's oldest living woman.
“After reviewing all the application documents and verifying related information, the Worldkings committee decided to recognize Mrs. Tru as 'the oldest living woman' in the world,” the first international union of records organizations said in a statement Thursday.
The number of people who have been living for more than 100 years is small, and a person who has celebrated her 120th birthday like Mrs. Tru is especially unique, it said.
According to Worldkings, its recognition is completely based on an independent review of collected documents.
“This is an example for the fact that humans can achieve longevity by eating healthily and maintaining a peaceful mind,” it said.
Nguyen Thi Tru smiles at her home in Binh Chanh District. Photo credit: Worldkings.
“Worldkings believes that Mrs. Tru’s world record will help the global community have a deeper understanding about the secrets of longevity, something mankind has always desired.”
Earlier on April 20, the World Records Association (WRA) had already recognized Tru as the world's oldest living woman.
Tru, who was born on May 4, 1893, has 11 children, including three sons. Of them, 10 passed away. Her eighth child, Nguyen Thi De, is now 82.
She has lived a long, healthy life through three centuries and has never been hospitalized for any severe illness, according to her family.
Tru, a living witness of many events, shared that her simple secret of longevity is unselfishness.
Her favorite meal includes rice porridge with pork, milk and a soft dessert.
The world’s oldest woman verified earlier by WRA, Japan’s Misao Okawa, passed away in April 1, 2015 at the age of 117.