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A 70-Year-Old Indian Woman Gives Birth to Twins

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, July 04, 2008 | 2 comments

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Omkari Panwar, 72, gave birth to twins last week in IndiaA 70-year-old woman who has two children and five grandchildren has given birth to twins, making her the world's oldest mother.

Omkari Panwar delivered twins, a boy and a girl, by Caesarean section last week.

"I am very happy," Charam Singh, 75, the father of the twins, told ABC News through an interpreter.

Singh was reluctant to speak because he has received negative publicity for his wife's having children at such an advanced age. Even many people of his village in India's state of Uttar Pradesh haven't supported the decision. Still, he and his wife are happy.

"The desire for a male child has always been there, but God did not bless us with a male child," he said of the son who is a product of in vitro fertilization. "Now, we are very grateful to God, who has answered our prayers."

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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Tabitha says:

    It is a miracle. God bless her.

  2. Yoda says:

    It's wonderful to hear of older women having children.

    The mother's lifespan is going to be extralong for having had such a late childbirth. What's more, according to Dawkins, the kids can expect extended longevity.

    Good for the parents and good for the kids, and most of all, good for our species to have disease-free reproductive adults at 75!:)

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