Officials and reporters from across the former Soviet republic flocked Thursday to the mountain village of Sachire to see . Georgian officials say two Soviet-era documents attest to her age. Her birth certificate, like many others, has been lost in the area's succession of revolutions and wars.
Stephen Coles - a University of California lecturer and member of the Gerontology Research Group that assists the Guinness Book of World Records - told the AP Khvichava's claim can be proved only with documents dating to the time of birth.
"Otherwise, this claim will remain a curiosity in a newspaper or floating on the Internet," he said.
The Gerontology Research Group currently recognizes 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard of Saint Barthelemy, France, as the world's oldest person. The organization is yet to examine Khvichava's claim.
Khvichava has a son, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchidren.
Khvichava's 70-year-old son Mikhail apparently was born when his mother was 60. She said she also had two children from a previous marriage, but says they died of hunger during World War II.