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World's oldest living person marks 117th birthday

World's oldest living person marks 117th birthdayThe 117-years old Italian woman celebrated her birthday Tuesday being the world's oldest living person, ABC.

Morano was accompanied at the celebration by her two elderly nieces, a pair of caregivers and her long-time physician.

She received a greeting from Italy's president, read by an official, wishing her "serenity and good healthy," and appeared for a brief live broadcast on state-run television.

She happily accepted some gifts, including her favorite cookies, which she ate with some milk.

Morano blew out the candles on her cake — not one for every year, but three numerals to show her age, 117 — and quipped: "I hope I don't have to cut it!"

To the assembled well-wishers, Morano said, "I am happy to turn 117," and drew encouragement from her physician, Dr. Carlo Bava.

"Who would have said it?!" the doctor remarked. "When you were young everyone used to say you were weak and sick."

"Yes, yes," she responded.

The city mayor of Verbania paid a visit to the oldest resident Morano.

Morano, who is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s, became the oldest living person in May.
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