MS Nazki

Poonch, Dec 19: (GNS) A woman in Jammu and Kashmir has joined the league of the oldest mothers in the world after she gave birth at the age of 65.

The woman, from Sailan, Surankote in Poonch district, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at a local hospital.

Reports reaching GNS said the woman was admitted in the district hospital Poonch Wednesday morning after she developed the labour pain.

In the late afternoon, she gave birth to her second child, they said, adding her first delivery (a boy) was around 8 to 10 years ago.

Her husband Hakim Din, 80, while talking to GNS thanked Almighty Allah for blessing them with this “precious gift”.

He appealed the administration to provide all possible help in feeding their child properly and also in her studies in future.

Dr Shahnaza, the gynaecologist at the hospital, said the condition of the mother as well as baby is stable. Both are healthy, she added.

The chief medical officer (CMO) Poonch Dr Mumtaz Bhatti told GNS that the 65-year-old woman gave birth to the baby girl.

The CMO assured help regarding treatment and other healthcare needs.

The Medical Superintendent of Valley’s premier maternity hospital Lal Ded, Dr Shabir Sidiqui, termed the case as rarest of rare.

“Usually menopause sets in on an average at the age of 47 years in India. Once it sets in, there is no possibility (of giving birth). But this is a rare one,” Dr Shabir told GNS.