Eldest Vietnamese aims for world title

2011-09-12 10:26
Hanoi - A 118-year-old has been given the title of Vietnam's oldest living woman, and will be applying for the world title, officials said on Monday.

Nguyen Thi Tru, born on May 4 1893, has 11 children, and is still of sound mind, Vietnam Records Book said in a press release. She lives with her youngest son, who is 69-years-old.

The woman still remembers digging tunnels and bringing food to resistance fighters against the French colonial powers early in the 20th century.

Tru has two small bowls of rice twice a day and avoids eating food contaminated with chemicals by consuming only vegetables from her garden and river fish.

"I have no secret to living a long life, apart from loving and helping people, and avoid causing resentment among people," Tru said. "Doing charity work will help you feel relaxed and live longer."

Vietnamese authorities will submit her case to the Guinness World Records in October. The current living world record holder is 114-year-old Besse Cooper from the US state of Georgia.

Also on Monday, the Vietnam Records Book recorded the country's oldest twins, Vi Thi Cac and Vi Thi Dac, born in 1911.

The world's oldest living twins are Lily Millward and Ena Pugh, who were born in Britain in 1910.

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