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PROFILE: Asiata, 90-year-old sickler who has 5 children and has gone to Mecca 13 times

Asiata Onikoyi-Laguda, the woman believed to be the oldest sickle cell patient in the world, celebrated her 90th birthday on November 1, 2015 – a feat that is clearly in defiance of science.

Onikoyi was born in November 1925, at a time when the average life expectancy of people living with sickle cell disorder was just five years.

Onikoyi, who was born in the same year as Margaret Thatcher, first female British prime minister; Malcolm X, civil rights activist, and Idi Amin Dada, Ugandan dictator, older than ‘all’ known (documented) sickle cell patients in the world.