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World's oldest woman turns 117

2016年 11月 29日 Tuesday - 01:31

Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person, celebrates her 117th birthday at her home in Italy. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Not many people live to see their 117th birthday party, but Emma Morano is doing just that. Morano, who is thought to be the last living person to have been born in the 1800s, celebrated the huge milestone at her home in Italy. Born in 1899, the secret to her longevity might be down to her love of eggs and repetition. SOUNDBITE Doctor, Carlo Bava, saying (Italian): "When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day, two raw one and one fried. Today she has slowed down a bit, she only eats two a day, three may be a bit too heavy. Ever since I have known her she ate very few vegetables, very little fruit. The main feature (of her diet) is that she always eats the same things, every day, every week, every month, of every year." Despite the huge accomplishment, Morano has not had an easy life. Her fiancé died in World War One and she was forced to marry a man she did not love. She had a child in 1937 but he died shortly after she kicked out her abusive husband. She says much of her work life was not been a happy one. SOUNDBITE 117 year old Emma Morano, saying (Italian): ''My life has not been very good. I worked in a factory until I was 65-years-old." Sadly there were no other family members at the party as Emma Morano has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters.

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World's oldest woman turns 117

2016年 11月 29日 Tuesday - 01:31