Mrs Morano was born in the village of Civiasco in the Piedmont region of northern Italy in 1899, the year in which Guglielmo Marconi first transmitted a radio signal across the English Channel. "She is a person who from a young age had a hard life that would have sapped the energy out of anyone". Her mother lived to 91 and she had several sisters live to be 100 or more as well.
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Morano was going to need all her strength to get through the next decades.
Dr. Carlo Bava, Morano's doctor, told The Associated Press that despite hardships, she has maintained a serene attitude, that, along with genetics, may help explain her longevity. He said that when Morano was young, she seemed to be fragile, and none of her friends expected she would outlive them.
Morano's mind remains alert, though she is very deaf and does not see very well.
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(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni). Emma Morano holds a cake with candles marking 117 years in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.
"I don't have a voice anymore, I used to have a nice voice", Morano explained. Her nieces also make her apple sauce. She followed a stringent diet of two raw eggs, one cooked egg, a little minced meat and pasta for the past 90 years.
ITALY- The oldest person in the world, Emma Morano of Italy, credits her longevity to a diet of raw eggs and ending her abusive marriage long before divorce was even legal.
He said Morano's husband beat her and she lost an infant son to crib death at 6 months. "And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth", she told AFP news agency. "She was always very decisive", her doctor said. "Today she has slowed down a bit, reducing the number to two some days because she says three can be too much", Bava told Reuters TV.
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