An older woman of 74 gave birth to twins in Guntur in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Erramatti Mangayamma became pregnant through IVF. Yesterday, the crazy seventy star gave birth to two girls. “Mother and babies are fine,” said her doctor Sanakkayala Umasankar. If the mother’s age is confirmed, it is, as far as we know, a world record.
Erramatti Mangayamma married Yaramati Sitarama Rajarao in 1962, a farmer who would now be around 80 years old. The couple always wanted children, but Mangayamma did not get pregnant, despite all sorts of different attempts.
Two months after she started IVF last year, it was finally the time. “We are incredibly happy,” says the brand new father. The twins were born with a cesarean section. Four doctors supervised the delivery since January Mangayamma has been under the constant supervision of a dozen doctors.
Mangayamma felt stigmatized and excluded by her community, precisely because she was not a mother. “Neighbors scolded me as the childless woman,” she says. “They looked at me as if I had sinned.” But her husband was always “like a rock” by her side.
The BBC reports less good news about him: Papa Rajarao had a stroke the day after the birth of the twin girls. He is currently staying in the hospital to recover.
In 2016, another Indian woman in her seventies, Daljinder Kaur, gave birth to a boy. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, a woman from El Puerto de Santa Maria in Spain, currently has the record of the oldest confirmed person who gave birth. She gave birth to twin boys in 2006 at the age of 66 through cesarean section.
Possibly mama Mangayamma has now broken that official world record. But her age must first be confirmed. According to the local press, she would be 74, according to the BBC, 73.
Her IVF specialist Sanakkayala Umasankar called it “a medical miracle”. He claims that his team acted entirely according to the law, but did not want to say whether or not Mangayamma and Rajarao are also the biological parents of the twins.