|Francisca Celsa dos Santos|
|Birth:||21 October 1904|
Cascavel, Ceará, Brazil
|Age:||116 years, 9 days|
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, 9 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 person South American ever documented, behind only Maria Capovilla.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List Gerontology Research Group
- Olha aí a minha vozinha, que hoje tem 108 anos uma dádiva... Fernanda Aliny Celso on Facebook, 17 December 2012
- Essa minha vozinha de 108 anos... Fernanda Aliny Celso on Facebook, 25 August 2013
- Dia 23/10/15 minha vozinha completou 111 (Cento e onze) anos... Fernanda Aliny Celso on Facebook, 24 October 2015
- Cearense de 115 anos, uma das pessoas mais velhas do mundo, já passou até por “doença sem cura” Portal TV Cariri, 19 November 2019 (via The Wayback Machine)
- GRG News announces new Brazil oldest person record Gerontology Research Group, 9 July 2020
- Cearense de 115 anos é reconhecida como a pessoa mais velha do Brasil G1, 10 July 2020
- Com 115 anos, cearense se torna a pessoa mais velha do Brasil; saiba quem são os supercentenários O Povo, 14 July 2020
- Hoje é o aniversário da minha avó, 116 anos, a mais velha do Brasil e a terceira do mundo! Fernanda Aliny Celso on Facebook, 22 October 2020