Doctors in the Guntur town of Andhra Pradesh will be performing a cesarean (C-section) surgery today on a 74-year old lady, Erramatti Mangamma, who is carrying twins in her womb.
According to reports, till date on records, the oldest verified mother is Dalijinder Kaur in Punjab’s Amritsar who gave birth to a baby at the age of 72. If everything went well, Erramatti will become the world’s oldest woman to give birth to a child.
Over the age of 50, pregnancy has increasingly become possible over recent years due to advancement in assisted reproductive medical techniques like In Vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and cryopreservation or simply due to advanced fertility medications. However, medical science says that the health risk posed to a woman due to pregnancy also increases proportionally with age, across the 40s. Natural fertility stops when a woman hits menopause and can no longer get pregnant, the average age for which varies anywhere between 43-51.
How things started
Erramatti Mangamma (74) got married to Errmatti Raja Rao (80_ on March 22, 1962, and they hails from Nelapartipadu village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The couple wanted to have children but were not fortunate enough. They went to many doctors and hospitals but all went in vain.
In November 2019 they went to Ahalya Nursing Home in Guntur where they met Shanakkayala Umashakar took up their case.
“This lady has no history of ailments like BP, Sugar and the genetic line is very good. After a thorough examination involving cardiologists, pulmonologists, among other specialty doctors, we decided to go ahead. She attained menopause stage long back but through IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) we got her periods back in just one month,” discloses Dr.Shanakkayala Umashankar to a media portal.
Raja Rao told a media portal, “We faced a lot of social stigma in our village for not having a child. We could not bear the taunts since our marriage so we tried our best but now we hope God will bless us.”
If the delivery went successful, it will be a historic event and for the first time in India, a lady will become a mother at the age of 74.