Mangayamma Yaramati: Motherhood at 74

Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao always wanted children for years. They had been stigmatized in their village for being childless. Recently, the Andhra Pradesh couple, Yaramati, 74, and Rajarao 82, became parents to twin girls.

“We tried many times and saw numerous doctors,” Yaramati said. “So this is the happiest time of my life.” The twin girls were delivered by Caesarean, which is said to be the usual method in such rare cases.

The Washington Post says that Yaramati’s delivery has revived “several controversies around geriatric pregnancies.”

Because Yaramati had experienced menopause, a donor’s egg was fertilized with Rajarao’s sperm before it was implanted in the new mother, doctors told the Hindustan Times. Yaramati could be the oldest person in the world to give birth.

Three years ago, the Guardian had reported that Daljinder Kaur of India, gave birth in her early 70s.

In 2007, the Telegraph reported that a 59-year-old British mother broke the world record for giving birth after a natural pregnancy.

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