The retired secretary used 10-year-old frozen embryos to get pregnant with daughter Sofia and son Roberto
|Antonia with Jose in hospital|
A woman has given birth to twins at the age of 61 after over 30 years of trying for a baby. Antonia Asti used 10-year-old frozen embryos to get pregnant with daughter Sofia and son Roberto. The retired secretary said: “I’m thrilled. All I ever wanted to be is a mother and now my dream has finally come true. I fought for so long.” Mrs Asti, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, struggled for years for a baby with carpenter husband Jose, 55, and first tried IVF aged 51. When that failed she tried to adopt but was deemed too old. The ageing embryos were successfully artificially inseminated this year at the fourth attempt.
|Dr. Orlando de Castro Neto|
Reproduction specialist Dr Olando de Castro Neto said: “She wanted to use them for a new and final attempt, as a last resort.” The twins were delivered by caesarean at 31 weeks on Tuesday, weighing in at just 2lb each. They will be looked after in hospital until they reach ideal weight. Mrs Asti, thought to be South America’s oldest first-time mum, said: “I’m quite capable of raising the children.”