Maria Branyas Morera (115y) became the world's oldest person.

American-born Spaniard Maria Branyas Morera is now 115 years and 320 days old and has been alive longer than any other living individual, according to the Gerontology Research Group's World Supercentenarian Rankings List.

Branyas became the world's oldest person after the previous title holder, a French nun called Lucile Randon, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 118, the Agence France-Presse reported.

Branyas was born on April 4, 1907, in San Francisco, California, but her family moved to Catalonia in Spain, where they were originally from when she was a young child. She has lived there ever since.

She lived through the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and was also alive during momentous historical events such as World War I and II, the Spanish flu and the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020 she even became the oldest known person to survive COVID after contracting and fully recovering from the disease.

She has three children, one of whom has died, as well as 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She has also seen her husband pass away, as well as her three siblings and her parents.

The 115-year-old has been living in a nursing home in Olot, Catalonia, since the age of 92. She is active on social media, regularly sharing aspects of her life and some of the secrets to her longevity on Twitter. 

Source: www.newsweek.com


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