A report has gone viral of a 101-year-old Italian woman, by name Anatolia Vertadella, who reportedly gave birth to a 9-pound baby after a controversial ovary transplant which was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her advanced age. According to the report which first appeared on World News Daily, the illegal and controversial surgical operation was done in a private clinic in Turkey, where European laws on ovary transplants do not apply.
The centennial mother who does not wish to disclose the name of the clinic where the operation was undertaken said she is so grateful to have given birth to baby Francesco, her 17th child was quoted to have said:
“I am very grateful to all the team of doctors who decided to go on with the operation,” she admitted 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.”
“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.”
Although her husband passed away since 1998, widow managed to find 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.”
If this is for real, Vertadella would have broken the record of Malegwale Ramokgopa, to become the world oldest mother. Malegwale Ramokgopa, a woman born in South Africa in 1839 was believed to world’s oldest mother, who allegedly gave birth to twins three days after celebrating her 92nd anniversary on October 3, 1931, which made nation-wide headlines at the time.