Every day, thousands of children the world over are born. New life is created, the human race is continued, and no end of possibilities are conjured. 74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma and her husband have always dreamt of having children.
The birth of the twin babies will topple a record set by another Indian woman who gave birth to twin babies in 2015 at the age of 70.
The pair married back in 1962, and tried for many years to get pregnant. Their attempts, however, went without success. Though the couple became old, their dream was not fulfilled.
Recently, a woman residing near their house became pregnant at the age of 55-years through IVF. Mangayamma drew inspiration from her.
She along with her husband approached Ahalya Nursing Home in Guntur city.
They met IVF experts Dr.Sanakkayala Umashankar. The doctors collected Mangayamma’s husband sperm and tried in the IVF system. Doctors efforts were fruitful. It was precisely this method of fertilization that allowed Mangayamma to give birth to twins.
“I am very happy. God has answered our prayers,” Mrs Mangayamma said, as per the Telegraph.
Of course, Mangayamma is well past the point of menopause, and has thus been fertilized with eggs from a donor and sperm from her husband.
As a result, loud have been the criticisms suggesting the medical team responsible should not have allowed a woman of such advanced years to undergo fertilization. Her doctors, however, have fought back.
Dr Umashankar said: “She was referred to us by a medical board who declared she was healthy enough to go through the procedure. To me it was just another case.”
When asked what he thought about her advanced age, he said: “That’s an emotional question. I can’t answer that.”
As per the Telegraph, another woman in Mrs Mangayamma’s area managed to conceive via IVF aged 55, and so Mangayamma and her husband approached IVF experts, who in turn decided to help them.
Before Mrs Mangayamma, the world record for the oldest woman to give birth was a 72-year-old.