A 73-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Twins

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A 73-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Twins

 

For years, 74-year-old Mangayamma Yaramati and 82-year-old husband, Sitarama Rajarao, have been longing to have a child. They have been stigmatized in their village for being childless. The couple tried several times and went to see a lot of doctors but still failed. Thus, when given a chance to have a child, they immediately grabbed the opportunity. 

Science Alert, an independently run news website that covers the most important developments in the world of science and scientific research, reported that Yaramati underwent in vitro fertilization. Since she is menopaused, a donor's egg was fertilized with Rajarao's sperm before it was implanted in the new mother. Last September 5, Yaramati gave birth to twin girls. Although she had respiratory issues, everything was taken care of. Her pregnancy had no complications. 

Photo by B. Venugopalarao

 

Shannon Clark, a professor of maternal and fetal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, stated that although Yaramati’s pregnancy was unusual, it is not surprising considering the technology we have now. He also explained that a woman’s uterus "is not subject to the same age constraints” though her eggs can deteriorate in quality and quantity over time. 

According to Yaramati’s doctors, she is the oldest person in the world to give birth. BBC, a British public service broadcaster, reported that Dr. Uma Sankar, the woman's doctor, stated that the mother and the babies are doing well. However, Rajarao recently suffered a sudden stroke and is currently being treated in hospital. "Nothing is in our hands. Whatever should happen will happen. It is all in the hands of God," he said. 

Photo by B. Venugopalarao

 

This is not the first time that old-aged women have given birth. Daljinder Kaur, an Indian woman, gave birth in her early 70s three years ago. In 2007, a 59-year-old British mother broke the world record for giving birth after a natural pregnancy. 

 

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