She probably doesn't know it, but this Kazakhstan lady has been a contemporary of - Stalin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Einstein, Edison and many other historic stalwarts! Seems possible since she, who has mothered ten children, will be celebrating her 130th birthday this week. We're talking about Sakhan Dosova, who is the world's oldest person by 16 years.
Sakhan Dosova's age was discovered during a census in Karaganda in northern Kazakhstan, when the date of birth on her passport showed as 1879, which was the same year Edison invented the light bulb and Stalin and Einstein were born.
AdvertisementDosova's age surprised demographers when they found that she had been on Stalin's first census of the former Soviet region in 1926, when her age was given as 47, and they are now trying to confirm the record.
For the 129-year-old lady, she puts her longevity down to her love for cottage cheese and her sense of humour, and never visiting a doctor or eating sweets.
"I don't have any special secret. I've never taken pills and if I was ill I took grannies' remedies," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"I've never eaten sweets. But I love kurt - a salty dried cottage cheese - and talkan, a ground wheat," she stated.
Dosova lives in poor conditions in an overcrowded flat with a granddaughter, Gaukhar Kanieva, 42, and apart from hearing problems she is in good health.
"She is a very cheerful woman. We think laughter and her good mood help her live so long," Kanieva said of her grandma.
The aged lady has been congratulated by the local mayor, and as of now, she is the oldest living person in the world followed by American Edna Parker who is 114.
Dosova was born on March 27, 1879, when Queen Victoria had 22 years left to rule, Benjamin Disraeli was Prime Minister and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first story.