Indian Man May Be World's Oldest Father
October 18, 2012
by Kate Goodin
A 52-year-old woman in India gave birth to a boy on October 2. While her advanced maternal age is remarkable on its own, it's the age of the father that is a new world record: 96 years old, reports Yahoo news.
Ramajit Raghav previously set the record for world's oldest father when he had a son with his wife Shakuntala Devi two years ago. Now that the couple has had another son, Raghav broke his own record.
According to The Sun, Raghav's diet of milk, butter and almonds and abstaining from drugs and alcohol has enhanced his longevity and fertility. "I didn't take any performance enhancers. … I just prayed to God to complete my family, either a boy or a girl," Raghav told the Times of India. But as for any future children: "I have asked my wife to be sterilized now," he said. "I don't want more children; we can't afford it."
Is this story remarkable...or selfish? After all, he won't be around for many more years to raise the child. Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
Watch an interview with Raghav: