Most people in their 70s are taking lengthy cruises, getting boozed up with their friends, or sitting at home watching TV all day with zero fucks to give. They figure, “Look, I’m chillin’ now. I ain’t doin’ SHIT!” I guess one woman in her 70s, Mangayamma Yaramati of Andhra Pradesh in India, didn’t get that memo because at 73 years old, she and her 82-year-old husband Sitarama Rajarao became parents for the first time after a successful IVF treatment brought twin girls into their lives. But the celebration was short lived when Sitarama had a stroke just one day after they were born.
For years, both Mangayamma and Sitarama desperately wanted to become parents, but they encountered many medical challenges. To further place stress on their fertility journey, nosy neighbors in their town cast them side-eyes filled with shame for being a married couple without children. After she hit menopause 25 years ago, the couple all but gave up on their dream. However according to Mangayamma’s doctor Uma Shankar (via The Guardian) they all worked together to make their dreams come true.
Shankar said his patient was cared for “in the scientific way”. “During the treatment we had three groups of doctors: one took care of her general health, one took care of her nutritional status and one to took care of her pregnancy.” These three areas were monitored every day, he added.
Sitarama was over the moon (had to use it) about finally becoming a father after all this time, but let’s not pretend like these two are just a twinge older than some first time parents. So when asked who would take care of the girls if something happened to one of them, he kept it gangsta.
“Nothing is in our hands. Whatever should happen will happen. It is all in the hands of God.”
God must not have liked that answer because New Straits Times reports he stepped in and made a way for both mother and father to have an extended stay in the hospital.
The husband of a woman aged 73 who is thought to have become the world’s oldest mother after giving birth to twin girls in what doctor’s described as a “medical miracle” suffered a stroke just a day after his daughters were born.
This clearly has to be a first where the parents and the children are all on a hospital-based family vacation at the same time, but hopefully they will all recover quickly. And Mangayamma better hope she can find a nurse that can take care of all four of them when she gets released, because she’s going to need all the help she can get.
Pic : NST