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Woman, 66, Oldest to Birth Triplets

by Alina Hunter,  CBS News,  June 17, 2010
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Bhateri Devi, 66, wanted to be a mother all her life. And now she finally is - three times over. Devi, who is now thought to hold the title for the oldest mother of triplets in the world, gave birth after undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments at a well-known fertility center in India.

How soon Devi and her husband of 44 years will be able to take their children home is yet to be determined, reports London's Daily Mail

The health of the two boys and one girl remains precarious. At only 2 pounds 6 ounces, 2 pounds 4 ounces and 1 pound 7 ounces, they are seriously underweight and are being monitored in the intensive care unit of the National Fertility Centre in Indian state of Haryana.

Deva Singh, her husband, is delighted nevertheless. "Bhateri has fulfilled my dream of having a child and gave my family an heir," he says. "She was my first wife and after she failed to conceive a child, I married twice but again I did not have any child from my other wives also."

IVF is a procedure in which a woman's egg is fertilized outside of her body. An increasing number of couples are seeking fertility treatments in India, where regulations are less than stringent, according to
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