Age is often proportionate to the chances of conceiving for women.
According to sources, the older a woman gets, the less her ability to conceive.
The early 20s is the golden number, and 35 years old is the latest age she can conceive (safely and successfully).
Which is why it was a miracle that this 73-year-old woman, Mangayamma Yaramati, was able to give birth to healthy twin girls through IVF.
Her 82-year-old husband, Sitarama Rajarao, declared that they were the world’s luckiest couple.
Yet his happiness was short-lived.
The man suffered a stroke just a day after his daughters were born.
Spending Decades Trying to Have Babies
The couple had spent decades seeking help both medical and divine in hopes to conceive. They had gotten married in 1962. That’s (2019-1962=) 57 years!
Meanwhile, the aged birth has raised ethical questions on whether doctors should provide IVF treatment to women in India. Currently, the market there does not have strict regulations on IVF treatments.
Yaramati went through menopause 25 years ago. Her 55-year-old neighbour had become pregnant through IVF, and this spurred her to try and conceive the same way.
The couple used a donor’s egg fertilised with Rajarao’s sperm, and Yaramati delivered by caesarean.
Because of her seeming infertility, Yaramati’s fellow villagers looked on her as a cursed woman. Her only rock of support was her husband, who stood by her despite it all.
A true Hulk, right?
World’s Second Record Holder For Oldest Childbirth
Previously, the record for (second) oldest childbirth belonged to Daljinder Kaur, from Amritsar, in Punjab, northern India, who gave birth to a boy in 2016 at the ripe old age of 72.
Daljinder had superseded Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara from Spain, who conceived twins at the age of 66 in 2016. Unfortunately, she contracted cancer and died a year later in 2009.
Yeah, I know the Guinness World Book of Records holds many things.
Awesome ones, incredible ones, maybe weird ones. (World’s longest fingernails. Yuck)
I’ll leave you to browse it here.
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