'World's Oldest Mum' In Intensive Care Alongside Husband Days After Giving Birth
A 74-year-old woman thought to be the world's oldest mum and her husband are both in in intensive care just a week after giving birth to twins.
Erramatti Mangayamma and Sitarama Raja Rao, 78, from India, tried unsuccessfully to conceive throughout their 54-year marriage, until they went through IVF at Ahalya Hospital last year.
Mangayamma had two healthy baby girls on 5 September, delivered by c-section.
Delighted husband Rao said at the time: "Due to the grace of God and doctors, I am the proud father of two baby girls.
"We are the happiest couple on earth today."
But just days later, Roa collapsed and was rushed into intensive care, according to the Times.
Mangayamma is said to have remained in intensive care since giving birth.
Mangayamma is believed to be the oldest mum in the world, taking the title from Dalinjer Kaur, who claimed she was 70 when she gave birth to her son in 2016.
Mangayamma and Roa, from the small village of Nelapartipadu village in the Eastern Godavari district of India, were given the all-clear to go ahead with IVF.
Doctor Umasankar said: "As she is old, she cannot release eggs so we got eggs from a donor and collected sperm from her husband.
"Luckily, she conceived in the first cycle itself and she was found to be pregnant this January.
"It was smooth, as there were no health complications. Each baby is weighing approximately 2kg and both the babies are healthy.
"I don't think she will have any major health issues in the post-delivery period.
"However, she cannot breast-feed the babies. But no worries. We can feed the babies with milk obtained from the milk bank."
The new mum was taken to intensive care, but the doctor said she was 'safe and healthy' following the delivery.
He has since added that she was placed into intensive care due to the 'stress she endured for the last three hours of giving birth' and said she has been there for more a week.
According to the Times, doctors have refused to give details on how the couple are doing, but Mangayamma's niece has said they are both stable.
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