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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oldest Mother Dies

A SPANISH woman who became the oldest woman in the world to give birth in 2006 when she had twin boys at the age of 67 using in vitro fertilisation has died.

Carmen Bousada, who was single, died at the weekend at the age of 69 from a cancer which was diagnosed just one year after she gave birth to Cristian and Pau, daily Diario de Cadiz reported, citing her brother Ricardo Bousada.

He refused to disclose where she died or give details regarding who will now look after the twins, who are now two-and-a-half years old.

Bousada gave birth to the boys on December 26, 2006 at Barcelona hospital after undergoing hormone treatment and being artificially inseminated using donor eggs and sperm at a Los Angeles fertility clinic, sparking a worldwide debate, which her death is likely to revive.

She later admitted to having lied to doctors at the clinic about her age, saying she was just 55, in order to get around the institution's age limit for single women.

Spanish law does not set an age limit for fertility treatments but the majority of clinics turn away women who are over 50.

link: Carmen Bousada dies of cancer aged 69 leaving twin boys | The Australian


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