Tuesday, December 4, 2007

German woman becomes mom at 64

A German woman aged 64 has given birth to a healthy baby girl, her first child after years of unfruitful attempts and false pregnancies, a news portal reported on December 2nd.

"Mother and child are doing well," said doctor Elias Karam at the Aschaffenburg clinic in southern Bavaria, quoted by the Internet site of the Der Spiegel weekly.

The baby was born on Thursday and weighed two kilograms (4.4 pounds), the report said.

While the woman became the oldest German to give birth to a child, it was far from a world record.

At the end of 2006, a Spanish woman aged 67 gave birth to twins, breaking the record made the year before by another twin-bearer, this time a 66-year-old Romanian.

The German gave birth after a 25-year-old lady donated ovules but used the sperm of her husband, who is also aged 64, Spiegel Online reported.

The ovule operation happened abroad because it is banned in Germany, the report said.

"This woman came to me because she needed my help. As a doctor, I gave it without question," said Karam.