April 09, 2003
65 Year Old Woman In India Gives Birth

Satyabhama Mahapatra, using sperm from her husband Krishnachandra Mahapatra and an egg donated by her niece set a new record for oldest woman to give birth.

Agarwal said Mahapatra had undergone in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment at a clinic in Raipur city in the central Chhattisgarh state

She was able to make it only to the sixth month of pregnancy and then the baby was delivered via Caesarean section. Her 26 year old niece Veenarani Mahapatra donated the egg used in the IVF procedure.

But the couple insisted on going ahead with the pregnancy using an embryo from Satyabhama's 26-year-old niece.

While her age still needs to be established she and her husband looked quite old to the doctor who tried to talk them out of trying.

Medical experts are to examine Mrs Mahapatra to try to prove that she is as old as she says. Like many rural Indians, she has no birth certificate, but maintains that she was born in early 1938.

The previous record holder was 63 years old.

Mrs. Rosanna Dalla Corte (ITALY) born in 1931 gave birth to a baby boy on July 18, 1994 when she was 63 years old.

Some day artificial wombs will completely lift the age limit for reproduction. Also, advances in technologies for cloning and for growing replacement organs will eliminate the need to use donor eggs. The ability to grow and implant replacement organs will even allow an old woman to update her reproductive organs to a youthfulness that will allow them to naturally conceive and carry a fetus to term without any need of IVF or even of Caesarean section delivery.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2003 April 09 06:26 PM  Biotech Reproduction

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