Anatolia Vertadella, a 101-year-old Italian woman, has given birth to a 9-pound baby after a controversial ovary transplant widely criticized by medical professionals because of her advanced age, reports the Rivista Napoli.
The procedure was actually done in a private clinic in Turkey, as the European laws on ovary transplants don’t apply there. The woman admitted that the procedure was done secretly, but refuses to reveal the name of the clinic where the transplant was conducted.
“I am very grateful to all the team of doctors who decided to go on with the operation,” she said in tears. “I am so grateful to have given birth to my 17th child. This is a true blessing and a testament to the power of the creator,” the woman adds.
“For so long I have felt useless to God, I could not procreate since I turned 48 years old when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. 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,” the 101-year old fervent Catholic revealed.
The whole procedure is quite controversial and the final decision was left to the patient, according to Dr. Popolicchi.“Who am I to judge if it is the proper thing to do?
She has given birth to a beautiful baby and this miraculous birth is definitely a gift from God!” he stated. “The operation was completely legal in Turkey and undertaken by a handful of expert surgeons.
The lady is in great health for her age and I predict she has still a many good years in front of her to share with her child. So many children are born in this world unwanted or by accident. Is it not a beautiful thing to know this child comes to life in a loving home?” the doctor asked the reports while giving an interview.
Vertadella`s husband died back in 1998, but the doctor found a sperm donor in order to make the entire procedure possible.
The sperm donor was found on the internet. “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 said. In case you didn’t know, there is yet another similar case of a woman who gave birth to a baby in her advanced age. Malegwale Ramokgopa, a woman born in South Africa in 1839, was believed to be the world`s oldest mother. She gave birth to twins on October 3rd, 1931, after celebrating her 92nd birthday.