A family of 12 siblings have won a world record for the highest combined age, well, ever!
The D’Cruz family includes Doreen, 97, Patrick, 95, Genevieve, 93, Joyce, 91, Ronnie, 90, Beryl, 88, Joe, 86, Francesca, 84, Althea, 82, Teresa, 80, Rosemarie, 77, and Eugenia, 75.
The siblings have a combined age of 1,042 years, according to a press release from Guinness World Records.
The eldest, Doreen, was born in 1923, while youngest daughter Eugenia was born more than two decades later in 1945. The nine daughters and three sons, a total of 12 children, were born in Pakistan to parents Michael and Cecilia.
The siblings are now across Canada, the United States and even Switzerland.
“Though they do not live in the same place, the D’Cruz’s say they are a close family who counts achieving the Guinness World Records title as one of the great highlights of their lives,” the release stated.
Joyce revealed to CTV News how the family attempts to meet up at least three times a year on the major holidays.
But with this year’s coronavirus pandemic, they decided to keep in touch with Zoom.
“It feels really wonderful,” she said of their new title. “We’re very proud of the fact that we’re still alive. That’s the greatest part.”
Eugenia, who goes by Genia, also told The London Free Press how she’s “grateful” her siblings are all still alive and well.
“It doesn’t seem real,” the youngest D’Cruz sibling said. “I always think of Guinness records as the tallest or shortest person or something like that. It was a surprise they even count this. But it’s exciting. I’m grateful to have all these siblings still alive.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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