Erammatti Mangayamma from India has given birth to a healthy set of twin girls at the age of 73 without any complications due to her advanced age. She and her husband who is 82 years old are elated by the news. She had been waiting for this day for almost 60 years. Finally, the modern technology of IVF made their dreams come true.

Delivery through caesarean

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She conceived and gave birth 2 twin girls in Ahalaya hospital of Nelaparthipadu in Andhra Pradesh, India on Thursday September 5th. It was a caesarean section operation. She will not be breast feeding the girls though but they would be nourished by the milk obtained from the local medical milk banks. She herself is healthy and has no post-delivery issues either.

The father suffers a stroke a day after their birth

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When asked about what’s going to happen to the baby girls after them since they both are of advanced age? The father Raja Rao said, since nothing is in our hands, we trust and leave everything in hands of God! In fact, it just a day after the birth Raja Rao suffered a stroke is currently being treated in a hospital.

Stigmatized and ostracized in her village for being childless

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But why now? Ahalaya came out with brutally honest answer that she especially felt very stigmatized in her village for not having a baby and she was often called names such as “childless lady” she saw numerous doctors and tried many times to get impregnated but nothing worked so she feel this is the happiest time for her now.

She was relatively healthy for her age

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Dr Umashankar who monitored the whole delivery said since she was a relatively healthy lady devoid of heart or sugar related complications it was possible for her to achieve such a feat at her age. She has apparently broken a record for being the oldest mom in India too. The last lady who gave birth at an advanced age was Daljinder Kaur, aged 70.

A controversial situation

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But not everyone is happy with the event as they openly criticised the couple for not being forward thinking enough and securing the future of the girls. Well this is the dichotomy of Indian society as long as they were childless, they were ostracised relentlessly in their village all along their married life, which was acknowledged by Erammatti herself.

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Now that she has conceived and given birth the same set of people are criticising them for not having any safety net for the twin girls in the future situation when the parents die and the babies will still be very young to take care of themselves. This shows the societal pressure to get married and be parents or grandparents by a certain time otherwise the society has a full right to insult and bully you.

Parents finally

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Getting married and having a baby is not a personal decision in majority of Indian families and especially not at all in rural backwaters from where these couple belongs. These decisions are being made by their families and parents since they were kids and if for some reason the bride is not able to give child to her husband she is made to feel incomplete or “defective “in some way so much so that they keep trying to conceive like these couple till this age!.

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Anyways as of now there is nothing to cloud their joy as they have finally got what they have been praying for almost 6 decades now. And guess what, it’s a double bonanza gift from the almighty this time, may be as a token for their extra patience perhaps!