London, Sep 1 (): A 127-year-old Mexican woman named Leandra Becerra Lumbreras has become the ‘oldest ever human’.
Claimed to be born on August 31st 1887 – the year Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras is said to be celebrating her 127th birthday. Her family said the secrets behind her long life are keeping herself active, sleeping a lot, eating chocolates and sweets and singing to relatives. She loves sweets and chocolates and in fact she has requested beans with tortillas to celebrate her birthday on August 31, the Mirror reported.
Lumbereas is said to have 55 great-great-grandchildren, and is believed to have fought in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917). In the 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution, reports say she went to fight as a leader of the ‘Adelitas’ – women who went with their husbands to the battle front.
She was 27 year old when World War II broke out, a pensioner at the age of 66 when Queen Elizabeth took the British throne and 82 years old when man first set foot on the moon.
Lumbereas is from the western Mexican city of Zapopan. Her five children and several of her 20 grandchildren are already dead and, the last died in 2013 aged 90. She has 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren.
Lumbereas’ 43-year-old grandaughter Miriam Alvear told a newspaper that although she is now suffering from cataract and is deaf, the Mexicamn woman still often entertains her family with stories long restricted to the history books.
Another granddaughter of Lumbereas, Celia Hernandez, said that she sleeps for three days sometimes and when she wakes up she likes to sing lullabies, eat and talk.
According to Guinness, Lumbreras is 12 years older than Japan’s Misao Okawa, currently the oldest documented living person in the world. Mexican authorities are attempting to provide a new birth certificate currently after she lost her original 40 years ago while moving house.