- 59 year old Ghanaian-American gave birth to a 7lb 4oz baby after trying for 40 years
- She was fertilized via IVF
- She gave birth in a hospital in Albany New York
Akosua Budu Amoako, a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, has given birth after unsuccessfully trying to give birth to a child for for 40 years in the City of New York after undergoing fertility treatment.
Akosua Budu Amoako and her husband Isaiah started trying to have a baby shortly after they married almost four decades ago. She reveal that they eventually stopped trying to conceive when they found out that Akusua suffered from a blocked fallopian tube, making a natural birth an impossibility.
According to Akosua, the couple's hopes were raised once more when they heard of a sixty-year-old woman giving birth to a set of triplets in their native Ghana. This, in turn, galvanized the couple to begin in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in Albany, New York with Isaiah's seed, and a donor egg.
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"We haven't gotten much sleep, but I feel fine and I think he already knows our voices,'"she told the Times Union.
"When he's crying sometimes, my husband will call from work and Isaiah will hear his voice through the phone and calms down and stops crying.' Last year, CDC figures recorded just 754 babies born to over-50s".
Akosua's doctor, Dr. Kushru Irani, who also spoke to the media, confessed to having said everything he could to discourage the couple from undergoing IVF.
He [the doctor] related that Akosua was "pre-diabetic and suffered from some hypertension". The doctor was also concerned over the strain the pregnancy would put on her heart.
'But they were very calm, determined and had clearly thought about this a long time. 'Once a patient makes a medical decision, it is my duty as a doctor to do my best to care for them and keep them in good health. You compartmentalize your worries so you can keep the patient's spirits up.'Said Akosua's doctor.
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