A woman claims to have celebrated her 119th birthday – making her the oldest person in the world.

Seker Arslan, from Turkey celebrated the astonishing milestone surrounded by her family in the northern city of Amasya, local media reported.

According to her driving license, she was born on June 27, 1902, making her 119, a landmark she celebrated on Saturday.

But it appeared her family had got their maths wrong and she was presented with a 120th birthday cake on Sunday.

Ms Arslan has six children, 12 grandchildren and appears to have inherited her longevity from her mother who is said to have lived until 110 years old.

The Daily Mail reports her daughter, Serap Yueksel, put her mother's long life down to eating natural foods such as butter, honey and cheese.

Serap said: "Butter, honey and cheese were always on the table. She used to leaven her yogurt herself. She still has a boiled egg at breakfast,"

She added that while her mother has Alzheimer's disease, she has otherwise stayed healthy.

Yueksel reportedly said her mother's only regret was not yet having any great-grandchildren to add to her family tree.

Seker is still surrounded by relatives and lives with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

The family had a scare when they caught Covid-19 six months ago.

But despite sharing the same space as their elderly relative, they did not pass the virus on to her.

According to Turkish media, Seker thanked her family at the birthday celebration.

"Thank God, I didn't even get sick. I didn't even get the coronavirus. You have the disease, I don't either," she said.

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The 119-year-old spent most of her day praying and recalling memories from her long life.

She has had a remarkable life and lived through World War I, the Spanish Flu pandemic, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War II, the Cold War and now the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also received a visit from Mesudiye Altun Guerlevik, president of the local women's branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party, who wished her a happy birthday.

Local officials want to have her birthday recognised so she can claim the oldest living person title.

She has overtaken the current record holder, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born six months later than Seker, on January 2, 1903.

Kane is currently the oldest confirmed person alive, aged 118.

But if Seker's is confirmed, she would top the list of the world's exclusive group of living supercentenarians, people over the age of 110.

The oldest person ever recorded was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who lived between February 21, 1875 to August 4, 1997 until the age of 122.

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