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130 yrs old; ..AND NOT ONE VISIT TO HER GP.

Byline: BY MARK DOWDNEY

AMAZING mum-of-10 Sakhan Dosova is said to be the world's oldest living human - outdoing her nearest rival by 16 years.

She is set to celebrate her 130th birthday on Friday without ever having visited a doctor or taken any medicine.

And Sakhan puts her health down to cottage cheese and a sense of humour.

She said: "I don't have any special secret. I've never taken pills and if I was ill, I used granny's remedies to cure me.

"I have never eaten sweets. I don't like them. But I love kurt, a salty dried cottage cheese, and ground wheat."

Sakhan was discovered during a census in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

Researchers were amazed to find she appeared on Stalin's first census in 1926 aged 47. Her date of birth is said to be March 27, 1879, shown on her Soviet era passport and Kazakhstan identity card.

Her granddaughter Gaukhar Kanieva, 42, said: "She is a very cheerful woman.

We think laughter and her good mood helped her live so long."

Karaganda statistics expert Nailya Dosayeva said there was no doubt Sakhan was nearing 130: "She has an old passport and documents which are genuine, and based on these we can judge her age as being correct."

But other Kazakh officials have cast doubt over the claim fearing humiliation if the story turns out to be untrue.

Kazakhstan is still reeling from the cultural damage done by Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Borat.

One official said: "There's no doubt she is very old. But is she really 130? Or was there a white lie long ago which was never corrected? We need to find out."

Sakhan was married twice and was widowed at the Battle of Stalingrad during the Second World War. She outlived all but three of her kids and lives with her granddaughter.

She was 10 when Hitler was born and hit the pension age of 60 at the start of the Second World War.

Officially, the world's oldest person is American Edna Parker at 114.

World in 1879

RUSSIAN leader Joseph Stalin, right, and physicist Alfred Einstein were born.

THE Anglo-Zulu war started.

SHERLOCK Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first story.

FULHAM FC was founded.

THOMAS Edison demonstrated his new invention, the light bulb.

BRITAIN'S PM was Benjamin Disraeli.

THE Pirates of Penzance was first performed.

QUEEN Victoria still had 22 years left on the throne.

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Date:Mar 25, 2009
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