World’s oldest man beats Covid, celebrates ‘122nd birthday’

The man who claims to be the world’s old­est has just turned 122, a record-break­ing one, just one year after defeat­ing Covid-19.

Andreli­no Vieira da Sil­va lived in the town of Apare­ci­da de Goia­nia in the state of Goias, Brazil, and was born on Feb­ru­ary 3, 1901, accord­ing to his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card.

After bat­tling the coro­n­avirus, the pen­sion­er just cel­e­brat­ed a mile­stone birth­day ear­li­er this month and is “still doing well,” accord­ing to his family.

De Sil­va has a blessed fam­i­ly with 13 grand­chil­dren, 16 great-grand­chil­dren and one great-grandchild.

He has not yet attempt­ed to ver­i­fy his age to the Guin­ness Book of Records, but if the ID is gen­uine, he would be the world’s old­est person.

The offi­cial record belongs to Maria Branyas Morel­la, who is 115 years old, as her age has not been confirmed.

“He’s still fine,” Da Sil­va’s grand­daugh­ter Anaina Remes de Souza told local media this week.

“I’m not going to do any­thing this year,” she said.

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Mr. DaSil­va is mar­ried and had sev­en chil­dren in his life­time, five of whom are still alive.

Branyas Morel­la was born in San Fran­cis­co on March 4, 1907 and cur­rent­ly lives in a retire­ment home in Cat­alo­nia, Spain.

On Jan­u­ary 7, 2023, she was offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized by Guin­ness World Records as the old­est liv­ing per­son in the world. She has an “order­ly, social­ly very enjoy­able life…a good life, just enough.”

Like da Sil­va, he also strug­gled with Covid-19, test­ing pos­i­tive in May 2020.

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