An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors reported that Mangayamma, said to be either 73- or 74-years-old, delivered a set of healthy twin girls via cesarean section [September 5]. The feat was made possible through in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
According to CNN, Mangayamma and her long-time husband, Sitarama Rajarao, had wanted children for decades but were never able to conceive. In the fall of 2018, they reached out to the fertility clinic Ahalya IVF. Mangayamma was deemed healthy enough for the procedure, so she was given one round of the treatment.
While IVF can be used to fertilize even frozen eggs belonging to the mother, Mangayamma had obviously gone through menopause already; instead, a donor egg was fertilized with her husband’s sperm. Her age, as well as the fact that she conceived twins, made natural delivery too risky. So her doctors opted for a c-section. Despite the unusualness of it all, though, the births seemed to go off without a hitch.
[S]he’ll be monitored for the next three weeks. And her daughters will be fed donor breast milk, as Mangayamma can no longer produce her own.
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