Chinese woman claims to be 127-years-old

A woman from the Guangxi province of China is claiming to be 127-years-old, a figure that would eclipse the world’s verified oldest person by five years.

Luo Meizhen lives with her only son, who she reportedly gave birth to at the age of 61, says The Daily Mail.

She claims she was born on July 9, 1885 in the Chinese lunar calendar, which this year fell on August 25 in the international calendar.

At a birthday celebration held in her honour, Luo ate a bowl of rice, a piece of duck meat and chicken, two slices of pork and two pieces of cake.

Bama County is famous in China for the longevity of its residents.

The ratio of centenarians there is 30.8 per 100,000, far exceeding the international standard of 25 per 100,000 for 'hometowns of longevity' - centenarian-clustered areas recognised by the International Natural Medicine Society.

The 2000 census recorded 74 centenarians, a significant number considering the total population is only 238,000.

Lou's claim to be 127 is likely to be met with a degree of skepticism however.

The verified oldest person in the world turned 116 just last month.

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