A Chinese woman has given birth to twin girls at the age of 60, following IVF treatment after her only child died.
Sheng Hailin, who has become possibly the oldest person in the country to give birth, lost her first daughter, who was in her late twenties, in an accidental gas poisoning case in 2009, News.com.au reported.
“To survive and free myself of the loneliness, I decided to have another child in my old age,” she said.
After consulting several fertility experts, doctors at the hospital agreed to help Sheng.
After three months of medication and injections, Sheng resumed ovulation and her monthly menstrual cycle — prerequisites to implantation. Three fertilized eggs were then moved into her body.
During the pregnancy, she endured hemorrhages, body pains and other discomforts, but on May 25, 2010, she gave birth to twins — Zhizhi, who weighs 1.85 kg, and Huihui, 1.45 kg.
To support the two new members of the family, the now 63-year-old Sheng had to restart her work and travel across China giving lectures, leaving her young daughters with two baby sitters.
“For the baby girls, I have given out all I have,” Sheng said, adding that expenses surpass 10,000 yuan ($1,600) a month.
“I hope the two children can live in comfort before their adulthood and receive regular education like other children.” Sheng said.
She has not forgotten her first child and tells her toddlers stories about their sister.
“I am trying to tell them why I brought them to the world — to let them know the truth from childhood. They will understand me when they grow up.”
Ma Chenguang in Hefei contributed to this story.