Antonia Vertadella has become the world’s oldest mother giving birth to a 9 pound baby at the age of 101. She has taken the role from the previous winner, Malegwale Ramokgopa, a South African born woman who gave birth to a set of twins at the age of 92.
Vertadella holding her 17th child, told news sources that she could not procreate since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 48. “For a long time I believed God was punishing me for only bearing 16 children, but in his godly generosity, he has granted me with fertility once again,”
According to World News Daily Report, this was made possible through ovary transplant even when medical professionals were against the procedure due to the age of the woman involved. The whole procedure was said to have been illegal, but private clinic in Turkey made it possible.
This proud mother whose husband died in 1998, was said to have used a sperm donor to make the birth possible. “I met Francesco’s father on the internet while trying to find a father to my child. This 26-year-old man is a Catholic and that is all that is important to me. I wanted my child to be born in a union sanctified by the Catholic church. I know we are not married and that he will not play a part in Francesco’s life, but I have written to the pope to ask his absolution. I have also named my child after the pope in his honor and so I believe he should find a place in his heart to forgive me in this particular situation. I still love my deceased husband and desire to stay a widow until I leave this earth, but I needed the seed of this young fervent Catholic to fulfill God’s will,” she explained.