- A 74-year-old Indian woman has given birth to twin girls last week, with doctors delivering the children via caesarian section.
- Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, 82, have been waiting to have a child since they got married in 1962.
- Yaramati will be kept under observation for 21 days to ensure her condition after giving birth.
A 74-year-old woman in India has given birth to twin girls, after 53 years of waiting to have a child.
Mangayamma Yaramati, a farmer from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, became pregnant through IVF by fertilizing a donor egg with Rajarao’s sperm, and implanting it in Yaramati’s uterus.
Doctors successfully delivered the babies via caesarian section Thursday.
“The surgery went well … the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications,” Dr. Sanakayyala Umashankar, the director of Ahalya IVF, who performed the C-section, said in an interview with CNN.
Mangayamma and her husband, 82-year-old Sitarama Rajarao, have been married since 1962 but had never been able to conceive naturally.
According to CNN, the couple approached Umashankar in 2018 and, after preliminary tests were promising, the doctor agreed to give them one round of IVF treatment.
Mangayamma will be kept under observation for the next 21 days given her age.
Umashankar noted that the mother is not allowed to breastfeed. Instead, the babies will be fed through the milk bank.
Rao, 80, has already begun making plans for his daughter, said Umashankar. And for Mangayamma, it is a new lease of life at the age of 73, he said.
“She is very confident now. More confident than ever in her life and she is looking forward to the next chapter of her life with the kids,” Umashankar added.
The mother said that having children was important to her and her husband after years of feeling stigmatized in their village and being called a “childless lady.”
“We tried many times and saw many doctors, so this is the happiest time of my life,” Yaramati said.