70 Year-old Grandmother Gives Birth to Twins

Omkari Panwar70-year-old Omkari Panwar, the wife of a retired farmer, has given birth to twins in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, delivering a boy and girl by emergency caesarean section on June 27th, seven hours drive north of the Indian capital New Delhi.

Omkari, a resident of Doghat village in this district, has two adult daughters and five grandchildren and underwent in vitro fertilization treatment to produce a male family heir. If Omkari can prove her age, she’d become the oldest woman ever to give birth.

Mrs Panwar, who has no birth certificate, uses the date of India’s independence in 1947 to gauge her age. She remembers being nine when the British left India – meaning she is now 70.

Her husband, Charan Singh Panwar, 77, mortgaged his land, sold his buffalos, spent his life savings and took out a credit card loan to finance the treatment.

The boy and girl each weighed 2 pounds when they were delivered a month early by Cesarean section. Doctors at Jaswant Roy Specialty Hospital said the twins are expected to survive.

Mrs. Panwar said: ‘For eight months the pregnancy was hectic and painful. But I have given birth before, so I knew what to expect. Sometimes, you have to face the pain if you want something good.’

Her husband added: ‘At last we have a son and heir. We prayed to God, went to saints and visited religious places to pray for an heir. 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.’

The new mom said being the oldest mother means nothing to her. “I just want to see my new babies and care for them while I am still able,” she said.

My question is, what will happen to these two innocent children when their elderly parents die? To give birth at the age of 70 is not only a shock, but given the age of these parents, I can’t help but feel bad for these children.


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  1. Hard to know what to make of this Lin. Seems like a cultural thing, but you gotta wonder about why they would go to such an extreme?

  2. Lin says:

    Jeremy, it seems odd to me. I realize that having life is certainly a great thing, and I’m glad these two children have that opportunity.

    I guess I just can’t imagine having children at that late stage of life. Maybe you’re right and it’s a cultural thing, I dunno.

    When I first heard about it, it made me feel bad to think the parents will likely not be alive for so much of the kids lives, and they’ll spend most of their life without their parents. It just seems sad to me.

  3. Dad of Divas says:

    I too think that it is sad that these kids will not really know their parents, at least in the same way as they would if they were younger. I know this is a cultual thing, but wonder if it is a bit selfish to go through all of this to give birth at such an old age… and it is telling that the father makes such a BIG deal only about the son, and there is no mention about the other twin…I wonder as well who will be raising these children… their grown sisters??? A life is a blessing and I am happy that they will have this opportunity, but I do question the extremes of this situation.

  4. Lin says:

    That part of the story, where the father was especially excited about the birth of a son, glared off the screen to me. I read somewhere that having sons is very important to their culture. Something about the paying of a dowry, but I don’t really understand all of those issues. My big thing was the fact that being so far along in years, those children will be without their parents at such a young age, whereas in other cultures parents are often still around to see their own grandchildren and perhaps even great-grandchildren. I wish these kids all the luck in the world, and truly hope they have a wonderful life.

  5. It’s scary what happens when we try to play God. You guys are right about these little kids not knowing their parents for long. That alone is such a sad consequence of this situation.

  6. Who can say what will happen? People are living to be 100 now. If God spares them that long, their children will be grown before they leave.

  7. Lin says:

    Hi Karen, I do hope that is the case here. I certainly don’t assume to know the future for the couple or their children, but I do hope for the very best.

  8. I was horified reading this article! Sorry, but I think it was so irresponsible for a woman of her age, to have even been given the right to IVF??
    I think of all the many childess couples around the world, desperately trying to have a baby…..where do we draw the line??? This woman has already had children, and was blessed with grand-kids! So they wanted a male heir……does this mean it’s more important to have a child, who will live to inherit the parent’s property, or live to have their parents in their life??

    Touchy subject for me.

  9. Lin says:

    Debbie, you bring up an interesting point about the in vitro fertilization aspect. It honestly didn’t cross my mind until you mentioned it; how in the world did she qualify to get IVF injections at her age? Are there qualifying requirements to get this shot?, I really don’t know but it is interesting that you mentioned it.

  10. Lin, another interesting story. I think this one shows that mankind’s advances in medical knowledge haven’t been matched by advances in ethics. While an age limit on how old one should be when they have kids is a tough one and probably is a gray area, 70 years old (to me) is a no-brainer. It’s important for kids to have parents. Period. You shouldn’t have kids if you won’t be able to or won’t be around to raise them. Period. ~ Steve