The oldest person in the world in Dong Nai

The oldest person in the world in Dong Nai

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According to relevant documents authenticated by the authorities, Ms. Trinh Thi Khong (living in Binh Loc commune, Long Khanh city) was born on June 14, 1905. Thus, at this point, Mr. Khong has turned 119 years old.

According to Guinness World Records, Mr. Khong is currently 2 years older than the person holding the world’s oldest record. Currently, the family and local government are carrying out related procedures to recognize Mr. Khong as the oldest person in the world.

Still going back and forth to the South and to the North

From 2014 onwards, Mr. Khong, then 110 years old, still regularly took the bus from Thanh Hoa alone to Dong Nai to visit his children and grandchildren. Usually, he stays for 3-4 months and then returns to his hometown to live with his eldest son, who is over 88 years old this year.

In 2014, she decided to move to Dong Nai to live permanently with her second daughter, because it was more convenient for mother and daughter to take care of each other. From then on, every year he took the bus to Thanh Hoa to visit for a few months and then came back. But since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out until now, partly because of his poor health, partly because his children and grandchildren worried that he was old and tired of walking, Mr. Khong did not visit his hometown as often as before.

Ms. Do Thi Ninh is 81 years old this year, is Mr. Khong’s second daughter and is the person who directly takes care of him. Ms. Ninh said that although her mother is old, she still eats and lives independently. However, for peace of mind, every time Mr. Khong wants to walk, his family always has someone following him to help him. Food must be cooked into porridge for easy digestion. Mr. Khong was served many meals a day with small portions.

According to Ms. DO THI NINH, each month Mr. Khong receives a State subsidy of 1.1 million VND. The person taking care of Mr. Khong, his second daughter, is supported by the State with 300,000 VND/month

To prevent him from losing his appetite and skipping meals, Mrs. Ninh and her children constantly changed dishes. When it’s time to eat, children and grandchildren sit together to create a joyful atmosphere. “Thanks to that, my mother often smiles. Seeing my mother happy, I also try my best to take care of her” – Ms. Ninh shared.

Also according to Ms. Ninh, her father was a martyr who died in the Dien Bien Phu Campaign in 1954. Her mother alone had to be both father and mother to take care of 7 children. Luckily, all 4 sons and 3 daughters in the family are now healthy. The eldest brother was born in 1936; The youngest sister was born when her mother was nearly 50 years old.

Celebration of longevity card given by President Truong Tan Sang to Mr. Trinh Thi Khong 10 years ago when she was preparing to celebrate her 110th birthday.

Currently, Mr. Khong has up to 150 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren. Luckily, most of them lived in Dong Nai so they had many opportunities to meet each other even though Mr. Khong could not remember all the names of his children and grandchildren.

Relevant units are carrying out relevant procedures to request Guinness World Records to recognize Mr. Khong as the world’s oldest person. If recognized, this will be a joy not only for Mr. Khong’s family, but also for the community.

Miraculous recovery after accident

In 2018, Mr. Khong fell and broke his hip. At that time, his health was very weak and the hospital sent him home to take care of the funeral. The family has also prepared everything for misfortune.

But according to Ms. Ninh, a miracle came to the family when she gradually recovered. Then, through many combined Eastern and Western medical treatments, the broken bone healed after many months of treatment.

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Longevity certificate given by the local government to 118-year-old Trinh Thi Khong in 2023

Currently, every year, Mr. Khong’s family welcomes delegations from the province, city, and commune to visit and wish him a long life. For example, in June 2023, the local government came to Mr. Khong’s house to give him a 118-year-old birthday plaque and give him congratulatory gifts.

Standing Deputy Secretary of Binh Loc Commune Party Committee Pham Thanh Xuan said that the case of Mr. Khong and his family always received the attention of the Party Committee, authorities, and local organizations. Among his children and grandchildren, 5 are party members. Many members of the extended family once participated in the resistance war, some of whom sacrificed their lives for the nation’s independence. Some other people have been working in the military environment and local government apparatus.

For his part, whenever guests come to visit, Mr. Khong always changes his clothes neatly and sits next to the edge of the bed to receive them. Mr. Khong said that he is very happy when people come to visit and is happiest when gathering with his extended family.

According to Van Truyen/Dong Nai Newspaper

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