Twin sisters defy one-in-700 million odds to celebrate 99th birthday together
Two twins sisters have celebrated a rare milestone as they celebrated their 99th birthday together.
Sisters Era Luckie Daniell and Vera Rozier, from Florida, America, celebrated their 99th birthdays on Wednesday.
Era told WJHG-TV, "I feel grateful to my Lord that I’ve been able to make it this far with so little handicaps."
Vera added, "I’m feeling the same as I did when I was younger, except I don’t have the energy that I had."
Era's daughter, Vita Luckie, praised her for bringing up three children after her husband's demise.
Vera's daughter, Linda Rozier Davis. celebrated her for being the "best mother I could've had".
Members of the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center in Florida along with the Warden of the Gulf Correctional Institution celebrated the twin sisters' 99th birthdays.
Executive director of Gulf County Senior Citizens Centre, Eddie Fields, said, "The celebration is to show love. We want to show love. Like I said, they're 99-years-old. They’re in the later parts of their life. Hopefully, the rest of us will make it to the latter part of our lives."
According to the Guinness World Records, the chance of identical twins both reaching and surpassing the age of 100 is about one-in-700 million.
Identical twins Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were announced to be the "oldest ever" recorded, after reaching aged 107 and 300 day. Their ages were verified in Oita, Japan, on September 1, 2021.
Guinness World Records said, "Umeno and Koume were born on 5th November 1913 on Shodo Island, Kagawa prefecture, Japan, into a large family of 13. According to their family members, the twins are both sociable and positive and hardly worry about things. Apparently, Umeno is more strong-willed, while Koume is more gentle."