Saturday 25 February 2017

US woman is 'world's oldest person'

Besse Cooper, 114, is kissed by her grandson Paul Cooper, 42 (AP)
Besse Cooper, 114, is kissed by her grandson Paul Cooper, 42 (AP)

Georgia's 114-year-old Besse Cooper has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person.

Surrounded by family, Ms Cooper accepted a plaque during a small ceremony at a Monroe nursing home.

Her son, 75-year-old Sid Cooper, said previously that relatives never imagined she would live to be the world's oldest person.

Earlier this year, Ms Cooper became the oldest living person after the death of Eunice G Sanborn of Texas, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group that certifies supercentenarians - people who are 110 or older.

Ms Cooper was born in Tennessee on August 26 1896, during the second term of President Grover Cleveland.

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