New Delhi (dpa) – Just a week after giving birth to twins, the ‘world’s oldest mother’ is in ICU…

Erramatti Mangayamma, 73 and her husband Sitharama Rajarao, 78 welcomed twins last Friday, 5 September after a 57 year struggle to conceive.

Mangayamma was able to conceive after undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and delivered the twins via caesarean section in Guntur in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Umashankar Sanakkayala, who headed the team of 10 doctors, said Mangayamma was married to Rajarao for 57 years but had been unable to become pregnant.

“It a medical miracle – an achievement of modern medicine. Also, IVF doesn’t entirely depend on science alone, God’s grace is important too,” he said by telephone, adding the mother and babies were doing well.

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“We checked her school certificate, which is authentic and mentions her date of birth as July 1, 1946.”

“I am very happy. God has answered our prayers,” Mangayamma told reporters after the delivery, according to the IANS news agency.

Local reports said that Mangayamma considered IVF after her neighbour gave birth at the age of 55.

Doctor Sanakkayala said they went ahead with the process after conducting various tests and finding she was fit to become pregnant.

She conceived in the first cycle of the IVF procedure and doctors monitored her health parameters, nutrition and heart closely.

The twins have not yet been named, but are healthy and are putting on weight after being born under 5 pounds (2×2 kilogrammes).

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