A 74-year-old woman made medical history by giving birth to twin girls via Caesarean section on Thursday. According to the doctor who oversaw the delivery, Sankkayala Uma Shankar, the pregnancy was smooth and both the babies and their mother are happy and healthy following the delivery.
“There were no complications,” Shankar said. “She only had respiratory issues, but that was taken care of.”
Shankar is also an in vitro fertilization specialist, as the babies had to be conceived through IVF. A donated egg was fertilized with the husband’s sperm.
The mother, Mangayamma Yaramati, 74, and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, 82, had attempted to have children for years after being stigmatized for being childless their entire married life.
Yaramati told the BBC “We tried many times and saw numerous doctors. So this is the happiest time of my life.”
Unfortunately, one day after the twins were delivered, the father, Rajarao, suffered a stroke and is currently being treated in the hospital the BBC reported.
Still, he should be proud to be part of such an achievement. Once thought to be prohibitively expensive, IVF has become an increasingly popular method for women, especially those who have undergone menopause, to still experience pregnancy and childbirth. The number of babies born via IVF is expected to increase in the future as more women enter and stay in the workforce throughout the years they would traditionally have had their first children.