73-year-old Indian woman gives birth to twins


Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, at their baby shower 

A 73-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Her 82-year-old husband had a stroke the next day and is being treated in hospital.

Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, had the misfortune of never having children and suffered from social stigma. “They would call me a childless lady,” she told the media. We tried many times and saw numerous doctors, so this is the happiest time of my life.”

The children were conceived with a donor egg and the husband’s sperm. They were delivered with a Caesarean section.

“I don’t think she will have any major health issues in the post-delivery period,” her doctor says. “However, she cannot breastfeed the babies. But no worries. We can feed the babies with milk obtained from the milk bank.”

The childless couple had almost given up hope of ever becoming parents when a 55-year-old neighbour became pregnant using IVF. Inspired by her example, Ms Yaramati consulted an IVF expert last year and treatment began.

When asked who would care for the children if anything were to happen to their parents, Mr Rajarao said: “Whatever should happen will happen. It is all in the hands of God.”

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge




MORE ON THESE TOPICS | elderly mothers, ivf

This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence. You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non-commercial purposes following these guidelines. If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation. Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees. Some articles on this site are published under different terms.

 
 Search BioEdge

 Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter
rss Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

 
comments powered by Disqus