Woman becomes world’s oldest mum after giving birth to twins aged 73
A woman has managed the unprecedented achievement of giving birth to a pair of twins at the age of 74.
Per The Telegraph, Eramatti Mangayamma gave birth to two healthy baby girls on September 5, 2019. She was able to conceive the children with her 78-year-old husband, who was by her side when she gave birth, thanks to IVF treatment.
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Eramatti claims she was inspired to try for a baby after her 55-year-old neighbour managed to conceive through IVF as well. This makes her the oldest woman to give birth in recorded human history, unseating Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, who gave birth when she was 66-years-old.
The procedure was paid for by the Ahalya IVF Clinic in Guntur City in India, under the supervision of Dr S Umashankar.
Although Eramatti has no other children, doctors at the clinic claim that she went through menopause approximately 30 years ago.
Dr Umashankar claimed that Eramatti first came to his clinic last year with a request for him to help her conceive. Although he believed that the procedure would be extremely challenging, he was convinced that it was worth a try. The doctors closely monitored her health after her eggs were fertilised, and after some weeks, scans detected the presence of twins in the womb.
The youngest person to ever give birth was Peruvian Lina Medina, who gave birth the age of five years, seven months, and 21 days, on 16 July 1939. Medina had mature sexual organs from precocious puberty and gave birth through Caesarian section due to her small pelvis.
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Medina never revealed the identity of the father of the child or the circumstances of her impregnation. Her father was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse, but he was released due to lack of evidence. Her child grew up healthy and died at the age of 40.