In India, a 73-year-old woman was a mother of twins. In Germany, however, this type of fertilization would not have been legal.
Update, 3.45pm: The birth of the twins in India is still making headlines, but as is known, even the happiest couple seems to have a negative impact. According to Indian media, the 80-year-old father of children with IVF suffered a stroke just a day after the birth of the two. Since then he has been in the hospital. The details are not known about his health.
The mother is 73, her father 80! World Birth Record in India – "A Medical Miracle"
Original article dated 8 September 2019, 11.34: Monaco / India – In Germany it is customary to become pregnant for the first time at the age of 30. From the age of 35, a pregnancy can already be classified as a so-called risky pregnancy. However, a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet can significantly reduce this risk and therefore it is quite possible with today's methods, even at the age of 40, to have a completely normal course of pregnancy.
But the Indian doctors have now succeeded in seemingly impossible. An Indian couple, married for 57 years, has so far tried unsuccessfully to have a child. But at the age of 73, the time had finally come for Erramatti Mangayamma. The happy mother even gave birth to twins.
Video: the mother gives birth to twins when she is over 70 years old
A 73-year-old Indian gives birth to twins: but in Germany this would be illegal
The couple opted for in vitro fertilization (IVF) after learning that a neighbor had become a mother using this method at the age of 55, he said Tonight News, In this type of artificial insemination, the egg cells are fertilized outside the body and inserted into the uterus after a few days.
An Indian woman who claims to have 73 years gave birth to twins, the doctors said Friday. If the statement is true, it would be the oldest mother in the world. https://t.co/aQXTUMAvLI
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The pregnant woman then takes the child out alone. "The success of pregnancy depends mainly on the quality and age of the egg cell," says the reproductive physician Geog Döhmen of the Kinderwunschzentrum Niederrhein. In Germany, in vitro fertilization is generally not prohibited. But in the Federal Republic, the egg must come from the future mother, because an egg donation is illegal under the German embryo protection law.
Unsatisfied desire for children: many German couples seek help abroad
Many German couples therefore turn to foreign doctors when they want to have children, because, for example, in France, Great Britain, Sweden, Spain or even Austria, egg donation is allowed. In Germany, the woman who gives birth to a child has the full status of a mother. It is not punishable to make an egg donation abroad.
73 years is mother in India – new world record?
Due to the advanced age of the future mother, the 73-year-old spent the entire pregnancy under observation at the VAT clinic in Ahalya in the city of Guntur, in the south of India. For Umashankar Sanakkayala, the attending physician, it is clear that this is a "medical miracle – a result of modern medicine". The children are well and even the mother's age has been checked: "We checked her school report. She is authentic and contains her date of birth – 1 July 1946." Thus, Mangayamma could soon be found in the Guinness Book of Primates.
Mother of 73 years from India: does a recording follow in the Guinness Book of World Records?
Because the previous world record for the oldest mother was established on December 29, 2006. The Spanish Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara was noisy Guinness World Record at birth 66 years and 358 days. In addition to possible health problems, pregnancy at such an advanced age is also ethically doubtful. This is demonstrated by the example of Spanish. For the unmarried Carmen Bousada died only three years after the birth of her twins.
Even in the case of Indian twins, the 73-year-old mother's pregnancy is ethically problematic. In India, the average life expectancy is just under 69 years. While the mother of twins already exceeds this age of four, her father's age is already eleven years above average.
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