101-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth After Successful Ovary Transplant

ITALY | 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 illegal and controversial surgical operation was done in a private clinic in Turkey, where European laws on ovary transplants do not apply, admits the centennial mother who does not wish to disclose the name of the clinic where the operation was undertaken.

“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 »

– Anatolia Vertadella, 101-year-old

“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,” acknowledges the century-old fervent Catholic.


Dr. Alexandro Popolicchi fully endorses the controversial ovary transplant, which is deemed illegal under European health laws, and which was undertaken in a private clinic in Turkey where such laws do not apply

God’s gift

Although he admits the procedure is highly controversial, Dr. Popolicchi believes the ultimate decision was up to his patient to make.

“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 told reporters.

“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 many good years in front of her to share with her child” he added.

“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?” he asked reporters.

An anonymous father

Although Miss Vertadella’s husband has passed away since 1998, the century-old widow has 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” she explained.

“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 for 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” she added with a prayer.

“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 concluded.


Malegwale Ramokgopa allegedly gave birth to her 25th and 26th child in 1931 at the venerable age of 92

The world’s oldest mother was previously believed to be Malegwale Ramokgopa, a woman born in South Africa in 1839 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.

5 Comments on "101-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth After Successful Ovary Transplant"

  1. And by the way god does not exist and religion was created by mankind as a form of control over people.

  2. I wish her all the best. Had you ever thought it could be seen both ways. By that I mean without science this life wouldnt be here. Then think about why. Think of it like this do you agree with playing science. I havent got a problem with this lady doing so. However, its like this each to their own. Its like this firstly the article people read has a sadness to it. Having had ovarian cancer. I mean remarkable woman. Its like this do you also think maybe the woman is doing so to make point. As I say without assitance this life would not be. Its like this some may say why waste the money on fertility when you can adopt for example. I mean their are lots of babies unwanted. And they all want loving homes. But instead some people say selfishly I have to have my own. Its like this would you as a person feel guilty spending money on fertility when you could adopt a baby. I know its not the same.
    As I say I wish to say this I have a different take on life which is if something doesn’t happen for someone then that maybe how its supposed to be.

  3. Reminds me a little of Abraham and Sarah 90 and 100 in Bible. PLEASE THO, WAS THIS WOMAN FERTILE? I.E. WHERE DID THE EGG COME FROM ETC. NEED MORE INFO ON THIS.

  4. Firstly I would like to say my best wishes for this lady. I think its a miracle between both people and involved. I am surprised she had the body strength & mind set to have the child. All by herself with no partner, or married husband. Its admirable yet I think she is taking a big responsibility. Im not against older mums, or parents as they can be sometimes be just as good parents. Their style of parenting is different. I dont think its selfish to be a older parent. For ex – their is one at 74 who’s had a child this is more acceptable. I don’t judge people. However, in this case the child is going to grow up & have to go through her early grievance loss of her mother which would be very hard. Should their be an age limit or should that be choice in the subject? At which point does a person start to feel old.

  5. Its controversial. I’m not against this. Its not selfish. I’m not against older mums, older parents. They can make very good parents. I’m not against this lady having a child however when that child grows up she will go through grievance loss of a mother this would be very hard for the child involved. Should their be an age limit to having a child? I dont think so. Its up to the person. Its to easy to judge. Having a child -what do they want they want lots of love. I would much rather see more mums this age as opposed to teenagers having.

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