70-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.