A 121-year-old woman living on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City took a step toward becoming the world’s oldest living person after obtaining national verification of her proof of birth.
On Tuesday (July 22) the Vietnam Book of Records (Vietkings) granted a certificate recognizing Nguyen Thi Tru, born on May 4, 1893, as the oldest living person in Vietnam.
Tru has 11 children, only four of whom are still alive. Her husband died in 1963.
She currently resides in HCMC’s Binh Chanh District with the family of her youngest son, who is 72 years old.
Vietkings confirmed to the press that it has sufficient proof that Tru was born on May 4, 1893, including documents issued by the French colonial administration, the Republic of South Vietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Vietkings is preparing to submit Tru’s papers to the Asia Book of Records and the Guinness World Records.
A native of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta, Tru said the key to a long life is not skipping meals, helping people and living freely.
In May, the Guinness World Records announced the world’s oldest confirmed living person was Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old Japanese woman.