This great-great-great-grandmother has gone viral after it was revealed by her family that she is the oldest of six generations still alive at the same time, and is an incredible 118 years old.
The great-great-great-grandmother has been named as Gebos Temtek and is from Turkey’s eastern Mus Province, but has lived in the district of Islahiye in south-central Turkey’s Gaziantep Province since 1970, where she moved with her family for economic reasons.
The fact that six generations are alive today is confirmed, and although it is difficult to confirm her age because of the difficulties in obtaining paperwork for someone who would have been born in a rural village at the turn of the century, if correct, it would make her either the second- or third-oldest living person in the world.
She has 49 grandchildren from eight children, in addition to 135 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren.
Her nephew Musa Talay, 69, told local media that his aunt got married aged 20. He said that official records confirm that she was registered in 1924, making her 98 years old, but he added: “We know that her real age is 118.”
He said of his aunt: “She used to make medicine with herbs before she became bedridden, and she called herself ‘Gebos the healer’. As a family, we work in animal husbandry as well as construction. May Allah give her a long life.”
The age the relatives claim appears to be correct, given that there are six generations in the family.
Newsflash’s Turkish correspondent Feza Uzay believes that it may be because many years ago, people in villages often failed to register their newborns because they did not want to deal with the corresponding paperwork.
As they did not usually leave their villages, they did not bother to apply for ID until much later. And so Feza believes the 20-year gap is explained by the fact she allegedly got married aged 20 and would have needed ID to register her marriage, so she applied for it.
If the older age is verified, this would make her either the second- or third-oldest living person, after Kane Tanaka of Japan, who is 119 years old, and either before or after Lucile Randon of France, who is 118 years old.
According to data from the World Bank, the average life expectancy for females in Turkey in 2019, the most recent year on record, was 81.