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A 74-Year-Old Woman Just Gave Birth to Twins

Mangayamma Yaramati is believed to be the oldest woman to have given birth. Photo: Johan Alp/Getty Images/Johner RF

青青青国产在观免费2018A 74-year-old woman may have just become the oldest person in the world to give birth. On Thursday, Mangayamma Yaramati of Andhra Pradesh in India , as in, not one but two baby girls. She also produced a birth certificate, according to the Washington , corroborating her claim to this advanced age: Some outlets have erroneously , which would still make her highly remarkable, but as it stands, she is one year more remarkable than initially reported.

“The mother and the babies are doing well,” Yaramati’s doctor, Sankkayala Uma Shankar, . The new father, 82-year-old Sitarama Rajarao, reportedly had a stroke the next day, and is being treated at the hospital. Still, three hours after the birth, he told the BBC he and Yaramati were “incredibly happy.”

青青青国产在观免费2018“We tried many times and saw many doctors, so this is the happiest time of my life,” Yaramati said. In her village, she added, her neighbors singled her out for being “a childless lady” because she and her husband could not conceive on their own. They ended up doing IVF, fertilizing a donor egg with Rajarao’s sperm, and implanting it in Yaramati’s uterus. The twins were born via cesarean section.

Reports vary as to the babies’ weights — the Post says they are 2.2 pounds each, while says each weighed about 4.4 pounds — but regardless, pregnancies this late in life are exceedingly rare. In 2017, an Indian woman believed (but not confirmed) to be gave birth to a healthy boy, and in 2006, a .

As the Post reports, it’s aging eggs — not an aging uterus — that affect fertility, and IVF helps circumvent that problem. Still, the warns against this extreme degree of geriatric pregnancy (a being, brace yourself, a pregnancy that occurs after the age of 35). The committee believes the risks are higher — both for the mother’s health, and the child’s future, if there’s no support system in place to provide for its care further down the line.

In any case, this is almost the most unusual birthing tale we’ve heard yet. Almost!

A 74-Year-Old Woman Just Gave Birth to Twins