A woman who hit headlines in 2019 after becoming the ‘world’s oldest mum’ age 73 has shared that her husband passed away.
Yerramatti Mangayamma is now raising her two 18-month-old daughters, Rama Tulasi and Uma Tulasi, alone.
Her husband, Raja, 84, sadly died from a heart attack this year.
Yerramatti, now 75, from Andhra Pradesh, India, explained: "It makes me very emotional when I think of him gone.
"He only had 12 months with his girls, but at least he tasted the joy of fatherhood before he died."
During the beginning of their marriage, Yerramatti and Raja tried to conceive a child, but were unable to.
The pair were wed in 1962 in an arranged marriage, reports The Mirror.
They saw specialists and tried different medications, but never had a baby.
When Yerramatti hit menopause at 40 they thought their chance was gone.
Yerramatti said: "It was an awful time.
"It felt like a door was shutting. We considered adoption, but in the end we didn’t go through with it."
Yerramatti felt wounded when her neighbours dubbed her the “childless lady” and her relatives gossiped behind her back.
But, in 2018, she heard of a woman in her 30s from her village who had conceived via IVF and had a baby.
She explained: “I’d never heard of it and was desperate to find out more.
“Knowing how much I’d wanted a child, she passed on the details of the clinic.
“I knew IVF would be tough, but I wanted to try."
Yerramatti contacted Dr Umashankar Sanakkayala, from Ahalya Nursing Home, in in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Southern India. And in November 2018 they met for the first time.
They carried out tests and agreed to help her.
Yerramatti and Raja paid £660 for treatment using a donor egg and Raja’s sperm.
In 2019, Yarramatti found out she was pregnant – and it turned out to be twins.
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Rama Tulasi and Uma Tulasi were born by C-section on September 5, 2019, at Ahalya Nursing Home, and weighed just under 2kg each.
Yerramatti said: "Holding them for the first time was beautiful. We were kept in hospital for a couple of weeks so doctors could make sure the three of us were healthy, but thankfully we were then allowed home.
"At first it was hard. The doctor told me not to breastfeed, as it would put pressure on my body, so I used milk banks.
“The sleepless nights were relentless, but I found meditation helped."
Dr Umashankar Sanakkayala, 46, from Ahalya Nursing Home, works to provide those in need with access to IVF.
However, he only discovered Yerramatti’s age when she was eight months pregnant and was shocked – he thought she was in her 50s.
Sadly, after Raja’s death Yerramatti has appointed a family member to take over the care of the girls in the event of her death.
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