68-year-old woman gives birth to twins after 43 years of trying

The safe arrival of twins in Nigeria is a welcome story from the number of deaths that are being reported each day – made even more special by the fact their parents had been trying for 43 years to get pregnant.

Margarett Adenuga, who is 68 years old, gave birth to a boy and a girl by cesarean at a hospital in Lagos on April 14, and is said to be doing well, according to the Daily Mail newspaper. 

Her 70-year-old husband Noah told a local news station that his wife fell pregnant last year after in vitro fertilization (IVF). She had already gone through three rounds of IVF which had failed.

He said their quest to have children had taken them to the U.K. and back to Nigeria and despite their decades of disappointments it was their faith that kept them going, the BBC reports.

It’s unclear exactly where Margarett had IVF treatment and Noah told the BBC fertility doctors had messaged him to say their decision to try IVF was “reckless.” Noah said their decision was a private one.

One doctor that attended the birth at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital said the twins’ birth was “a miracle” but added the couple had taken a huge risk in continuing with the pregnancy at Margarett’s age.

Oldest woman doctors have assisted in childbirth

Hospital management said they would not have permitted IVF treatment for the couple and added Margarett was the oldest woman to give birth that they had ever assisted.

In September 2019 74-year-old Indian woman Mangayamma Yaramati had twin girls after IVF and is thought to be the oldest woman to give birth.

The desire to have children never goes away for some couples, regardless of their age. We wish Margarett and Noah all the health and happiness for their future with these bundles of joy.

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