Woman Claims to Be World's Oldest at 130

By Amy Ascherman
|  Sunday, Mar 29, 2009  |  Updated 4:30 PM PDT
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Sahan Dosova was born before birth certificates but claims she was born in 1879.

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A woman who claims she just celebrated her 130th birthday says she is the oldest person in the world -- but she may not make it into the record books.

If Sahan Dosova, of Kazakhstan, is as old as she claims to be she actually predates the invention of the birth certificate.

Dosova's birth date -- March 27, 1879 -- is listed on her passport and identity card but she has no official birth certificate,  AOL News reported.

The Guinness Book of World Records cannot officially recognize her as the oldest living human being without official proof and documentation.

The current record-holder for oldest living person is a French woman named Jeanne Calment who died at the age of 122 in 1997.

One of Dosava’s 35 grandchildren told the Associated Press her grandma grew up an orphan and had 10 children. Her husband was killed and eventually seven of her 10 children died from cold and hunger.
 
Skeptics doubt Dosava is as old as she claims to be since she has a child who is 76-years old and would have had to give birth at 56. 
Still, her doctor is convinced Dosava is really 130 years old. 

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