Emilia de la Caridad Quesada ”Mima”, a resident in the Cuban province of Cienfuegos, about 233 kilometres east from this capital, is today the world’s second oldest known woman.

Her identity card records a surprising number: 01010509291. This means that she was born on January 5, 1901.

Maria Emilia, as her parents baptized her, celebrated her 117th birthday two days ago.

She has outlived her 16 brothers; several of whom lived more than 90 years.

Last year, Emma Morano (Nov 29, 1899), from Italy, died on April 15, while Violet Brown (March 10, 1900), from Jamaica, passed away on Sept 15.

Until then, both women topped the list of the world’s oldest known persons, according to the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group, which certifies its data in the Guinness Book of Records.

The list also includes Nabi Tajima, who was born in the prefecture of Kagoshima, in Japan, on August 4, 1900, and currently resides in Kikai. Another compatriot, Chiyo Miyako, was born on May 2, 1901, but Maria Emilia is nearly four months older than her.

Monsignor Emilio Aranguren, bishop of Holguin and a friend of ‘Mima’, told reporters that it seems that the Guinness World Records has not received (yet) the information about Maria Emilia Quesada, who is weak in bed or a wheelchair, but whose mind is very sound and who has a very good memory.

Source: NAM News Network