64-year-old woman gives birth to 'perfectly healthy' twins

Jessica Ankomah
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A 64-year-old woman has given birth to a pair healthy twins following her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age.

The Spanish woman, who became pregnant after seeking IVF treatment in the U.S., delivered a boy weighing in at 5.3 pounds and a girl who weighed 4.9 pounds on Tuesday.

Recoletas Hospital medical director Enrique Martin said the babies, delivered by cesarean section, are “perfectly healthy,” despite the high-risk pregnancy.

According to Spanish newspapers, the mom-of-three had her first daughter at 58, but the child was placed in the custody of local authorities since 2014 because she didn’t attend school and was not properly cared for.

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Martin confirmed that the hospital are in talks with social services about the woman’s ability to care for the babies. The doctor said he was proud of his team’s achievement in providing an adequate care in a “difficult situation.”

“She showed up four months’ pregnant at the gates of our hospital and all we could do was face the situation and react,” he said.

Like Canada, laws in Spain don’t establish legal limits on the maximum age for assisted reproduction, but the Spanish Fertility Society discourages treatments for women over 50.

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