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Francisca Celsa dos Santos
Francisca Celsa dos Santos
Birth: 21 October 1904
Cascavel, Ceara, Brazil
Age: 116 years, 342 days
Country: BrazilBRA

Francisca Celsa dos Santos (born 21 October 1904) is a Brazilian supercentenarian who is the third-oldest living person in the world whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), after Kane Tanaka and Lucile Randon. She is also the longest-lived Brazilian person ever documented.

At the age of 116 years, 342 days, Celsa dos Santos is the oldest living person in South America whose age is validated by the GRG, as well as the second-oldest South American person ever documented, behind only Maria Capovilla.


Early Life

Francisca Celsa dos Santos was born to Raimundo Gertrudes dos Santos and Maria Antonia do Espirito Santo in Cascavel, Ceara, Brazil. She claims to have been born on 22 October 1904, but research suggests she was actually born one day earlier.

Celsa dos Santos worked in household chores, and later as a merchant selling lace cloths. At some point before 1935, she married Raimundo Celso (1905–1979). They had six children, three of whom were still living as of 2020. Before the birth of their last child, the couple went to the civil registry office in Pacajus, Ceara to get officially married.

Later Life

Shortly after her husband's death on 4 September 1979, Celsa dos Santos moved to live with her daughter in Messejana, a neighbourhood in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. At the age of 85, Celsa dos Santos was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. According to her daughter, the doctors did not expect her to survive, so the family took her out of hospital and decided to treat her with home remedies. Despite the odds, she successfully recovered.

Since 2012, Celsa dos Santos has been unable to walk. As of November 2019, she is cared for by one of her three daughters, Nazete Monteiro (then aged 73), and her granddaughter, Fransilvia. She reportedly does not take any medication and rarely gets sick, but is not very lucid. Her health is monitored by her grandson, Dr. Luziney Monteiro.

Longevity Records

Celsa dos Santos's age was officially validated by the GRG on 9 July 2020, when she was 115 years, 262 days old. At the time, this made her the 25th-oldest person ever validated by the GRG. It also meant that she became the oldest Brazilian person ever documented, retroactive to 4 October 2019 when she surpassed the previous record of 114 years, 347 days set by Maria Gomes Valentim. She entered top-20 oldest validated people ever on 8 December 2020, surpassing the age of Ana Vela-Rubio of 116 years, 47 days.

Celsa dos Santos has been the oldest validated living person in Brazil and South America retroactive to the death of Luzia Mohrs on 16 October 2017.



Brazil's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Gomes Valentim • Unknown • Alida Grubba Rudge • Luzia MohrsFrancisca Celsa dos Santos •