World's oldest father has second child at 96

Alexandra Pleffer, ninemsn
6:11pm October 17, 2012
October 17, 2012: A 96-year-old Indian man and his 54-year-old wife welcomed their second son into the world last week.

The world's oldest dad has proved his record-breaking virility by fathering another child at 96.

Indian man Ramajit Raghav became the world's oldest father when his first son was born in 2010.

Earlier this month, he claimed he had broken his own record.

He said when his wife gave birth to their second son, doctors laughed when he claimed to be the boy's father.

"They were very surprised," Mr Raghav said.

He attributed his virility to a healthy lifestyle, eating lots of fruit and dairy products and having sex three or four times a night.

Ramajit Raghav.
Ramajit Raghav is the world's oldest dad for the second time.

"My neighbours are jealous and they keep asking me for my secret, but all I tell them is that it is God's will," he said.

"I think it's very important for a husband and wife to have sex regularly and when she asks I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I've put our needs aside for now."

The strict vegetarian and former wrestler said his daily diet included two litres of milk, fresh vegetables and chapattis (Indian flat bread).

Mr Raghav met his wife Shankuntala Devi sitting next to a Muslim shrine 22 years ago when he asked her to come home with him.

"She didn't have any family or friends around, and I wanted to help her," he said.

"I took her under my wing and taught her some yoga and we fell in love."

Their child is healthy and is at home with his parents at their unit on the outskirts of Delhi.

The couple aren't planning on having any more children.

Source: Medical Daily, The Daily Star

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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