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World’s oldest individual, France’s Sister André, dies at age 118 : International

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Sister André, the world’s oldest identified individual, died Tuesday at age 118 and 340 days. Lower than a month away from her 119th birthday, she held the report for each oldest dwelling individual and oldest dwelling nun, in keeping with Guinness World Information.

She was born in France on Feb. 11, 1904, as Lucile Randon and took the title Sister André in 1944. She spent most of her life in spiritual service as a Roman Catholic nun.

Sister André grew to become the oldest dwelling individual final 12 months when the earlier oldest individual, Kane Tanaka of Japan, died at 119 years previous in April 2022. In keeping with the Gerontology Analysis Group, the oldest dwelling individual is now Maria Branyas Morera of Spain at 115 years and 320 days, as of Wednesday.

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Sister André additionally holds the report for oldest COVID-19 survivor, which she examined optimistic for a number of weeks earlier than her 117th birthday in 2021. She recovered from the virus in about three weeks. She additionally lived by the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.

As a youngster, Sister André was a instructor and sorted kids throughout World Battle II. She then spent 28 years working at a hospital with orphans and aged folks earlier than turning into a nun.

In 2019, Sister André grew to become an honorary citizen of Toulon, France, and acquired a private letter and blessed rosary from Pope Francis.

Sister André was about three years away from setting yet one more report because the oldest individual ever. That report is held by Jeanne Louise Calment, additionally of France, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days previous and died in 1997, in keeping with Guinness World Information.

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