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20 July 2017

Mum, 59, gives birth to her first child after trying to concieve for 40 YEARS

A MUM aged 59 who had failed to conceive after four decades has given birth at a New York hospital after fertility treatments did the trick.

Middle-aged Budu Amoako gave birth to a full-term seven pound, four ounce boy at a New York hospital after failing to make a baby after years of trying naturally.

Isaiah Somuah Anim, 59, and his wife Budu Amoako, 59, hold their son Isaiah Somuah Anim, Jr
Isaiah Somuah Anim, 59, and his wife Budu Amoako, 59, hold their son Isaiah Somuah Anim, Jr
AP:Associated Press

Dr Khushru Irani, a fertility specialist who delivered the baby, said: “They’re doing super, very well.”

The couple, he added, “are so happy about the whole thing”.

The doc said he was cautious at first, noting the risks of complications that can arise from giving birth at such an advanced age.

He said: “Initially, when I saw her, I’m saying no, it’s not a good idea for your health to have a baby at your age.

“But they were very insistent and they wanted to try it out.”

Budu underwent in vitro fertilization at an Albany-area clinic using her husband’s sperm and a donor egg.

The entire process, from initial screening to successful fertilization, cost $20,000 (£15,000) and took about a year.


Budu said she and her 59-year-old husband, who live in Schenectady, had tried for years to get pregnant naturally after they married 38 years ago, but they eventually stopped trying.

Then last year, after learning that a 60-year-old woman in the couple’s homeland of Ghana gave birth to triplets after fertility treatments, the couple, both medical professionals at a local hospital, decided to try once again to have a child.

“We haven’t gotten much sleep, but I feel fine and I think he already knows our voices,” Budu told the Times Union.”


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