The world’s oldest parents are in intensive care just one week after the new mother gave birth to twin girls after 57 years in a childless marriage.
Indian couple Erramatti Mangayamma, 74, and her husband Raja Rao, 78, welcomed two healthy babies on Sept. 5.
The pair tried to conceive throughout their marriage, eventually successfully undergoing IVF treatment from Ahalya Hospital last year.
“Due to the grace of God and doctors, I am the proud father of two baby girls,” Rao announced, hours after his wife was hailed as the world’s oldest new mother.
“We are the happiest couple on earth today,” he said.
But just one day later Rao collapsed from a heart attack and was taken into intensive care in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Mangayamma has also remained in intensive care since the birth.
The twins are said to be doing well but have not yet been named and are staying with the couple’s relatives.
Mangayamma became pregnant in January after getting the all-clear to undergo IVF treatment.
Since she had already been through menopause, doctors used donor eggs and fertilized them with her husband’s sperm.
Doctors were unsure whether she would carry to term but she defied the odds and delivered two healthy babies, each weighing about 4 lbs., through a C-section.
Doctors have declined to provide details on their current condition but Mangayamma’s niece, Lakshmi Bhia, told the Times that both are stable.
It is unclear why Mangayammais in intensive care, though health experts say that there are a lot of risks for elderly women giving birth.
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