Thursday July, 3 2008
By STAFF REPORTER
Omkari Panwar, the wife of a retired farmer, delivered a boy and girl by caesarean section on Friday.
The frail pensioner, who has two adult daughters and five grandchildren, underwent IVF treatment to produce a male heir to the family’s smallholdings.
Her husband, Charan Singh Panwar, 77, mortgaged his land, sold his buffalos, spent his life savings and took out a credit card loan to finance the treatment. (What a feat of a 77 year old man selling all that he might have a son in his old age. What love and devotion of his 70 year old child at that age to carry agree to his selling all for a son and her carrying in this case twins for her beloved.)
“At last we have a son and
heir,” he said. “We prayed to God, went to saints and visited religious places
to pray for an heir. We kept no stone unturned and God has rewarded us. (This
is a Christian couple and their story of faith and faithfulness should be
shouted from the housetops – and put to shame so many of the faithless and
unfaithful Christians that have no or 1 or 2 children, and those who divorce and
enter into adulterous relationships to satisfy themselves.)
The treatment cost me a fortune but the birth of a son makes it all worthwhile. I can die a happy man and a proud father.” (May the Lord bless him with long life and his wife as well so that they might see the fruit of their labor of love grow and marry.)
twins, born one-month premature and weighing only two pounds each are healthy
and expected to survive, according to doctors at
Omkari, who has no birth certificate and does
not know the day she was born, uses the date of
said she was nine when the British Raj left
lives in Muzaffarnagar, seven hours drive north of
Romanian Adriana Iliescu, who gave birth to a daughter, aged 66 in 2005, is the world’s previous oldest mother.
After being told she had beaten the record by four years, Omkari said: “If I am the world’s oldest mother it means nothing to me. I just want to see my new babies and care for them while I am still able.”
Gynaecologist Nisha Malik, who performed an emergency operation on the 70-year-old said: “I was shocked when this old lady told me she was pregnant. I have been practising medicine for 20 years and I have never heard of such a case.”