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Bolivian man may be world's oldest person

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:28

Aug. 19 - An indigenous Aymara native living in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia may be the world's oldest person at 123. Tara Cleary reports.

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This might be the world's oldest person ever - if his birth records are validated. Carmelo Flores Laura lives high up in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia. He says he was born on July 16, 1890, which would make him 123 years old. SOUNDBITE: Carmelo Flores Laura, old man who claims to be 123-years-old, saying (Aymara): "Everyone who lived here has already died, men and women, I am the only who is still alive. Even my wife died." Flores Laura lives with his great grandchildren and his son and daughter-in-law. He says the secret to his longevity is living simply -- on a traditional diet of fish, quinoa and beans -- and chewing coca leaves. SOUNDBITE: Carmelo Flores Laura, old man who claims to be 123-years-old, saying (Aymara): "I don't know how long I'll live. Only God knows. He will decide how long I'll live. He'll tell me if I will die or keep living. Only He decides." His only living son, 67-year-old Cecilio Flores, keeps a close watch over his father. SOUNDBITE: Cecilio Flores, son of Carmelo Flores Laura, saying (Aymara) : "My father raised me and took care of me; now it's my turn to take care of him. That's my decision." Official birth certificates weren't issued in Bolivia until 1940 but Flores Laura says his baptism certificate indicates his birth date. And if that's true, then Flores Laura is definitely no spring chicken.

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Bolivian man may be world's oldest person

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:28

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