‘World’s Oldest Mother’ Dead at 69
[S]he had been diagnosed with cancer shortly after giving birth.
In 2007, Ms Bousada de Lara said she had lied about her age to doctors at a fertility clinic in California to get IVF treatment, telling them she was 55.
Ms Bousada de Lara argued that there was no reason to believe she would not have as long a life as her mother, who died at the age of 101. She even joked that she might live to see her grandchildren. She also insisted that if she died prematurely her sons Christian and Pau, who are now two years old, would never be alone. “There are lots of young people in our family,” she added.
When the twins were born in Barcelona on 29 December 2006, Ms Bousada de Lara was aged 66 years 358 days, 130 days older than Romanian Adriana Iliescu, who gave birth in 2005 to a baby girl.
Sad on several levels.
I’m not sure at exactly what point one becomes too old to responsibly have children but I’m pretty sure 66 is on the wrong side of the line. My wife, Kim, and I had our first child, Katie, on New Year’s Eve. Kim was (and is) 38 and I was (and am) 43, already older than my parents were when I graduated high school. All of Katie’s living grandparents were 65 at the time.
Obviously, none of us know how long we’ve got. And having a family history of longevity is a reasonable factor to consider. But, seriously, 66?