She’s old enough to be her brand new son and daughter’s GREAT grandmother.
A 70-year-old Indian woman has become the world’s oldest mother giving birth to twins.
“If I am the world’s oldest mother it means nothing to me,” Omkari Panwar said after the arrival of the babies, a boy and girl born a month premature and weighing just two pounds each. “I just want to see my new babies and care for them while I am still able.”
The babies’ father, who will be sharing in the sleepless nights, is 77 years old retired farmer Charan Singh Panwar, who sold off his buffalo, and burned through his life savings just to pay for the invitro fertilization treatments that got enabled his wife to become pregnant.
The desperate measures were a gambit to produce a son for the couple; an heir to their modest farm holdings.
“We prayed to God, went to saints and visited religious places to pray for an heir,” he said. “The treatment cost me a fortune but the birth of a son makes it all worthwhile. “I can die a happy man and a proud father,”after doctors said it was likely that both babies were strong enough to survive.
The couple already have two adult draughts and five grandchildren. “I have given birth before, so I knew what to expect,” said Omkari as she recovered in the mud hut home of one of her daughers.
“Sometimes, you have to face the pain if you want something good. All I care about is that my children are healthy.
“My daughters’ have got a little brother, my husband and I have got an heir – that is all we ever wanted.”
The previous recorded oldest woman to give birth was then-66-year-old Romanian Adriana Iliescu, who welcomed a daughter in 2005. That official record may stand, since Panwar doesn’t have a birth certificate and estimates her age by claiming she was nine years old when the British left India in 1947.