A 68-year-old woman in Nigeria has given birth to twins after almost 50 years of trying to have children – including three failed IVF attempts.
Margaret Adenuga is thought to be the oldest first-time mother in Africa after she and husband Noah, 77, welcomed a son and daughter at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) last Tuesday.
While many would give up hope after decades of trying, Noah says he always knew they would become parents one day. The pair first began trying for a baby after getting married in 1974.
They spent their savings and travelled between West Africa, Britain and a number of other places to conceive, according to local reports.
After 46 years of trying and four rounds of IVF, they welcomed twins last week. Noah told CNN: ‘I am a dreamer, and I was convinced this particular dream of ours will come to pass.’
Dr. Adeyemi Okunowo, who delivered the babies, has revealed a specialist team was assembled at the hospital to monitor the pregnancy because of Margaret’s age.
He said: ‘As an elderly woman and a first-time mother, it was a high-risk pregnancy and also because she was going to have twins but we were able to manage her pregnancy to term.’