In a rare case, a 74-year-old woman gave birth to twin girls with the help of IVF (In vitro fertilisation) in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district on Thursday. It is being ascertained that the woman, Erramati Mangayamma, may be the oldest Indian woman ever to bear children. In 2016, Daljinder Kaur from Punjab became a mother at the age of 70.
Mangayamma, wife of E Raja Rao (80), hails from Nelaprthipadu village of Draksharaman block in East Godavari district. The couple got married on March 22, 1962 and had been childless for last 57 years. Mangayamma visited several hospitals over the years but could not conceive. Even though she attained menopause 25 years ago, she had a strong desire to be a mother.
When Mangayamma got to know about a 55-year-old woman in her neighbourhood becoming a mother with the help of IVF, she decided to try the method herself. Dr Sanakayyala Umashankar at Ahalya Hospital in Kothapet, where Mangayamma gave birth to the twins, told Hindustan Times, ” We were surprised at her willpower. We conducted all the medical tests and found that she was medically fit for conception through IVF.”
As Mangayamma had already attained menopause, she had no chance of producing eggs so that doctors had to take a different route. Dr Umashankar said, “We tried with an egg obtained from another donor and fertilized it with the sperm of Raja Rao through IVF method. Luckily, she conceived in the first cycle itself and she was found to be pregnant this January.”
Both the mother and the twins are in healthy condition and have no complications whatsoever.