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World oldest woman dies aged 115 after only visiting hospital once

Posted on 9:45 AM by Sameer Shah

The world’s oldest woman today died at the age of 115.

Maria de Jesus, of Tomar, Portugal, was born on September 10, 1893 and outlived her only husband by 57 years as well as two of her five children.

The farmer, who never smoked, drank neither alcohol nor coffee, and avoided meat, only visited hospital once in her lifetime.





As well as three children, she also left behind left 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Born as Maria de Jesus, she married Jose dos Santos in 1919 and became a widow in 1951, when she was 57 years old.

But, as is common in Portugal, she did not use her husband's last name.

And, despite deteriorating health, she refused to go to a nursing home and chose to stay in her farmhouse instead.

Mrs de Jesus remained relatively active until her last days, getting about with the aid of a mobility scooter and walking frame.

But, due to serious sight and hearing problems, by her last days she could not recognise her family, including daughter Madalena, 84, whom she lived with.

Her hobbies had included looking through her old family albums, sunbathing at her porch, eating rice pudding and ice cream, as well as taking baths.

She inherited the status of being the world’s oldest living person after the November 26 death of American Edna Parker, who was 115 years and 220 days old.

Mrs de Jesus, who was born before two world wars, the age of flight and even the discovery of penicillin, lived for a total of 115 years and 114 days.

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