Life

By Taniya Dutta

 

A 74-year-old Indian woman has become the oldest mother in the world after giving birth to twins.

Mangayamma, who goes one name, and her husband Yaramati Sitaram Rajarao, 80, welcomed their twin baby daughters through C-section at a private IVF clinic in Guntur in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

A team comprising four doctors performed the caesarean operation.

The couple married in 1962 but couldn’t conceive despite pursuing all options to have a child–from visiting temples to making rounds of doctors.

Their dream of having a baby was finally fulfilled 54 years after marriage after they attempted to have a child through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

Mangayamma and Rajarao had approached Ahalya Nursing Home last year after their neighbour gave birth to baby at 55 years of age.

The doctors collected the husband’s sperm and tested it for the IVF process and then went ahead with the process after a team of doctors conducted various tests and found that she is fit to become pregnant

Dr Sanakkayala Umashankar, who headed the team of doctors, called it a “miracle”.

He claimed that Mangayamma has become the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

“It is another world record. Mangayamma and her husband are also happy.”

“Ten doctors worked for nine months to keep a close watch on her health. The regular scans revealed that there are no complications,” Dr Umashankar said.

Mangayamma conceived in the very first cycle of the IVF procedure. Subsequently, three teams were formed to monitor her general health, nutrition and cardiac health.

“People looked at me as if I had committed a sin. Neighbours used to call me Godralu (a word for childless woman). But my husband stood by me and supported me throughout.

“I am very happy. God has answered our prayers,” Mangayamma told the reporters at nursing home after the delivery.

What was more delightful was that Mangayamma’s 95-year-old mother reached to the private hospital to bless the couple and the children.