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article imageTwins born to 61-year-old Brazilian woman

By Greta McClain     Nov 11, 2012 in Odd News
Santos - After a decade of frustration and disappointment, a Brazilian woman received a belated birthday gift that she will undoubtedly treasure for the rest of her life.
Antônia Letícia Asti had spent the last ten years trying to conceive a child. After three failed in vitro fertilization attempts, she remained determined to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a mother. Asti and her husband, 55-year-old José, attempted to adopt a child after the third failed in vitro attempt. They were turned down however because of their age. Earlier this year, Asti made one more in vitro attempt, using 10-year-old frozen embryos. This time, the procedure worked and one week after celebrating her 61st birthday, she gave birth to twins.
Asti told G1News:
“I’m extremely happy. I fulfilled my dream of being a mother. Thank God and the doctor. It was difficult, but thanks to God, I did it. Anyone who wants a victory needs to fight. I never for a moment thought about quitting. I always wanted to be a mother. We never had a lot of money, but we saved a lot to achieve our dream.”
Asti's husband was just as excited about the birth of his children, telling G1:
"The emotion is very strong. Everyday I see babies in the morning and night."
According to the Huffington Post, the twins, Sofia and Roberto, were delivered prematurely and weighed only around 2 pounds. The hospital's clinical director, Marco Antonio Antun, said although the pregnancy was high risk due to the mother's age, both she and the babies are doing just fine. The twins will need to stay in the hospital a few weeks until they reach their ideal weight however.
Asti's doctor, Orlando de Castro Neto, NTDTV:
"She did something that most people can't manage. The hardest things in life are the most gratifying."
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