74-Year-Old Woman Delivers Twin Baby In India

A 74-year-old woman has became the oldest-ever to give birth after she delivered twins at a hospital in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur town on Thursday, doctors have said.

Mangayamma, who conceived through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process, delivered twin babies at Ahalya Nursing Home here.

A team comprising four doctors performed the caesarean operation.

S. Umashankar, who headed the team of doctors, said both the mother and the babies were doing well.

“This is a medical miracle,” Umashankar told reporters after the surgery. He claimed that Mangayamma has become the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

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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. According to doctors Yerramatti Raja Rao who hailed from Nelapartipadu in East Godavari district married Mangayamma on March 22, 1962.

After few years of their marriage, they expected children, but dreams were not fulfilled. 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. Since then, Mangayamma was under the supervision of doctors in the nursing home. Dr.Umashankar decided to perform cesarean to her today at 10.30 am.

Hailing from Nelapartipadu in East Godavari district, Mangayamma was childless after 54 years of marriage. She along with her husband Y. Raja Rao had approached the IVF experts at the nursing home late last year, who decided to help the couple.

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

Her husband Raja Rao and other family members celebrated the moment by distributing sweets.

Umashankar said they went ahead with the process after a team of doctors conducted various tests and found that she is fit to become pregnant.

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, he said.

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

Doctors said both the mother and the babies would be under observation for a few days.

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