Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, has died at the age of 117
ITALY – Emma Morano was born on November-29-1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. Ms Moran was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s.
She died while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
Her doctor of 27-years, Carlo Bava, visited her nearly every day and said her condition had been normal until several weeks ago. “She was slowly fading away”, said Dr Bava.
Ms Morano credited her long life to genetics and eating eggs, and going to bed early and being single.
Her diet included several eggs every day, sometimes raw, which experts continue to warn can lead to severe food poisining, she ignored their advice and continued to eat them anyway. Dr Barva said she rarely ate vegetables or fruit.
“I eat two eggs a day, and that’s it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth,” she told Agence-France Presse last September.
She avoided red meat because she was once told it causes cancer.
After leaving an abusive husband in 1938, Ms Morano preferred to remain single, though she had many “suitors”.
In a 2015 interview with Associated Press, Dr Bava said Ms Morano ”abandoned her husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive … She was always very decisive.”
She described the marriage as never being a healthy one, she kicked out her husband a year after her only son died at six months . She told La Stampa newspaper in an interview when she was a spritely 112 that she was left with little choice but to marry her abusive husband.
“He told me: ‘If you’re lucky you marry me, or I’ll kill you’. I was 26 years old. I got married.”
Eventually, it became too much. Though they separated in 1938, they remained married until he died in 1978.
She had been in love with a boy who was killed during World War One, and had no interest in marrying someone else.
“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told the New York Times.
Ms Morano had a number of jobs through her life, working mostly as a cook and in a factory, and did not retire until she was 75-years-old.
Dr Bava once called her old age “a phenomenon”.
However, genetics likely also played a role – Ms Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, her sisters reached 100-years-old and her mother 91.
According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), the world’s oldest registered human is now Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on 10 March 1900 and another 117 year old, Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange living in Kenya.