Oldest man alive celebrates 123rd birthday in Brazil

Andrelino Vieira da Silva, a Brazilian man claiming to be the world’s oldest living person has celebrated his 123rd birthday, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Andrelino who was born on February 3, 1901, according to his ID card, marked the occasion on Saturday in the city of Aparecida de Goiania.

While da Silva’s age hasn’t been officially verified by Guinness World Records, his family maintains his birth certificate and identity documents as proof.

If his claim is true, he would surpass the current record holder, Jeanne Calment of France, who lived to 122 years and 164 days.

Despite his old age, da Silva’s family reports he remains in good health. His granddaughter, Janaina Lemes de Souza, told local media, “He’s fine, everything’s great. He walks around the house, eats well, and talks a lot.”

Da Silva’s life has spanned over a century of remarkable change. He witnessed two world wars, the invention of television and the internet, and countless other historical milestones.

He worked as a farmer for most of his life and married twice, fathering seven children, five of whom are still alive.

His family attributes his longevity to a simple life, hard work, and a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. They also highlight his positive attitude and strong faith, which they believe contribute to his well-being.

The current Guinness World Record holder for the oldest living person is Jeanne Calment of France, who lived to 122 years and 164 days. If Silva’s age is confirmed, he would surpass Calment’s record by nearly a year.

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