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106-year-old woman gets engaged to 66-year-old boyfriend

SAU PAULO: A 106-year-old woman in Brazil strutted down the aisle with the help of her walker at an impressive ceremony to get engaged to her boyfriend, who is 66-year-old.

Valdemira Rodrigues de Oliveir of Brazil became fiance to her 66-year-old boyfriend Aparecido Dias Jacob.

“I fell in love with him,” the 106-year-old, nicknamed Valda, told Caters News. “I like him a lot. If he dies, I die too.”

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Valda and her fiance, nicknamed Jaco, met at the Nossa Senhora Fatima retirement home located in southeast Brazil, where they live in separate rooms.

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Jaco, whose left arm is paralyzed, moved to the home 19 years ago after being homeless and unemployed.

“I fell in love with Valda from the moment I saw her,” Jaco said. “I know she’s a little older than me, but that doesn’t matter because she makes me really happy.”

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Project of Dreams, a local volunteer group, approached both Jaco and Valda separately and asked how they could make their dreams come true. Both individually responded they wanted to be married.

 

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But, doctors did not advise for them to be married, since they wouldn’t be able to handle living alone, so volunteers came up with an elaborate engagement ceremony at the retirement home for the couple to prove their devotion to one another for the rest of their lives.

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