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Canadian woman, 60, gives birth to twins

world Updated: Feb 06, 2009 10:04 IST

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A Canadian woman gave birth to twins this week at age 60, with the help of in vitro fertilization after decades of dashed hopes for motherhood, public broadcaster CBC said.

Ranjit Hayer's boys were delivered Tuesday morning seven weeks prematurely by C-section at a Calgary hospital in western Canada. She is recovering in intensive care while the twins are receiving special care, said CBC on Thursday.

Hayer is among the oldest Canadian women to give birth.

She and her husband had longed for children. "I had my heart set on it. I wanted a baby," Hayer told CBC from her hospital bed through a Punjabi translator.

After suffering three miscarriages in recent decades, the couple paid a doctor in India for in vitro fertilization, but he ran off with their money.

A Canadian obstetrician-gynecologist later diagnosed a problem with Hayer's womb, but after undergoing an operation she still could not conceive.

The couple saved for years to pay for another IVF treatment, but by then were turned down in Canada due to Hayer's advanced age. The cutoff age in this country for IVF is between 45 and 50 years old.

They returned to India for a treatment using donor eggs, and got pregnant.