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Maria do Carmo Santana
Maria do Carmo Santana
Birth: 1 November 1905
Bom Jardim, Pernambuco, Brazil
Death: 13 February 2016
Bom Jardim, Pernambuco, Brazil
Age: 110 years, 104 days
Country: BRA FlagBRA
Unvalidated
Maria do Carmo Santana (1 November 1905 – 13 February 2016) was a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Alongside with her sister, Maria Anunciada Santana (1 November 1905 – 17 June 2014), she was a claimant to be the world's oldest twin ever.

Biography

Maria do Carmo and Maria Anunciada claimed to have been born in Bom Jardim, Pernambuco, Brazil, on 1 November 1905. The two sisters got married on the same day, at the age of 20 (18 according to 105th birthday report). Maria do Carmo had 15 children, including Pedro Jose Santana, somwhere known as Pedro Camara (aged 91 in 2016). At the time of her death, she had at least two living grandchildren: Aldo and Zelia Santana. Maria Anunciada lived in El Salvador with her daughter for some time.

At the time of her 105th birthday, Maria do Carmo already lost her vision due to a cataract. At that time, the two sisters had 62 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Her twin sister, Maria Anunciada, passed away in Bom Jardim, Pernambuco, on 17 June 2014 at the age of 108 years, 228 days. The proof for their age was found by a journalists that reported their 105th birthday. With help from Maria do Carmo's granddaughter, Zelia de Santana, they found a record in a church book of the parish of Santana in Bom Jardim. It is the baptismal record of the two sisters, stating: On November 3, 1905, in this matrix, I solemnly baptized Maria, four days old..., while just below is the record for her twin sister with the same name.

Maria do Carmo Santana passed away in Bom Jardim, Pernambuco, Brazil, on 13 February 2016, at the age of 110 years, 104 days.

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