70-year-old Omkari Panwar and her husband Charan Singh Panwar, 77 welcomed a boy and girl – by emergency Caesarean section, seven hours drive north of the Indian capital New Delhi.
The new mom, who claims the oldest mom title, underwent IVF treatment in order to produce a male heir to the family’s smallholdings.
In order to pay for the procedure, Omakari’s husband, a retired farmer, sold his buffalos, mortgaged his land, spent his life savings and took out a credit card loan.
The twins, born a month premature and weighing 2lb each, are healthy, according to doctors.
The Panwars already have two adult daughters, and five grandchildren, but the latest arrivals are what they have been waiting for – not least because a son will benefit from a dowry when he marries and will be able to work their land.
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.’
While I admire this couple’s determination to have an heir, it bothers me when a person has a baby this late in life. These babies deserve to have a set of parents who will experience every aspect of their lives, but that will probably not happen. Not to mention the fact that a set of twins is A LOT of work. I hope that there is family close by that is available to help…
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