Margarida Blanco at age 111
|Birth:||19 February 1908|
Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
|Age:||113 years, 339 days|
Margarida Blanco was born in Cerro Largo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on 19 February 1908. Her parents died when she was a child. Blanco’s husband died around 1949, when her oldest child was 14 years old.
Blanco claimed in August 2018 that, 52 years prior, she came back from death. “Once I was dead for two hours. The doctor with me gave his condolences to my daughters. And one of my daughters received the host for me at the foot of my bed. The priest came and commissioned my soul to heaven. Then after the priest left I came back. I shifted in bed, my son-in-law wanted to bring the doctor, and I didn't accept it. I’ve never known a doctor since. I died 52 years ago and now I'm here, 110 years old...it seems to me that I will never die.”
Blanco credits her longevity to her faith in God: “All my life I had this hope with God of living, living, living...In the name of almighty God, who is giving me this life so beautiful, so precious.”
In August 2018, six of Blanco’s eight children were still alive; Blanco estimated that she had 70 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Blanco currently lives with her daughter in Sao Luiz Gonzaga, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.