World's oldest parents are in intensive care just one week after giving birth to twins

74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma and her husband Raja Rao, 78, successfully delivered girls on September 5th. (SWNS)

The world's oldest parents are in intensive care just one week after the new mother gave birth to twin girls after 57 years in a childless marriage.

Indian couple Erramatti Mangayamma, 74, and her husband Raja Rao, 78, welcomed two healthy babies on September 5th.

The pair tried to conceive throughout their marriage until they successfully underwent IVF treatment from Ahalya Hospital last year.

"Due to the grace of God and doctors, I am the proud father of two baby girls," Mr Rao announced, hours after his wife, 74, was hailed as the world's oldest new mother following IVF treatment.

"We are the happiest couple on earth today," he said.

But just one day after, Mr Rao collapsed from a heart attack and was taken into intensive care in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian couple had never been parents until successfully undergoing IVF treatment. (SWNS)

Ms Mangayamma has also remained in intensive care since the birth.

The twins are said to be doing well but have not yet been named and are staying with the couple's relatives.

Ms Mangayamma fell pregnant in January after getting the all-clear to undergo IVF treatment.

Since she had already been through the menopause doctors used donor eggs and fertilised them with her husband's sperm.

After being married for 57 years, Raja Rao's deepest wish was to become a father, but just one day after the birth, he had a heart attack. His current condition is not known. (SWNS)

Doctors were unsure whether she would carry to term but defying the odds, she delivered two healthy babies through a cesarean section, each weighing about 4Ibs.

It is unclear why Ms Mangayammais in intensive care but health experts say that there are a lot of risks for elderly women giving birth.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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