After 46 years of marriage, a 68-year-old woman has finally given birth to twins in Nigeria’s Lagos state. A story is an act that has brought her immense joy.
Margaret Adenuga and her 77-year-old husband, Noah Adenuga, have been trying to bear children for years with no success, but they never lost hope.
The two have been married since 1974, but their union never bore any child until now, and it was not for lack of tying.
The couple underwent three IVF attempts, all of which were not successful. But their hopes remained alive that they would get a child in due course.
“When we started, I kept assuring my wife, you will have it. It will happen. It will only cost money. I only asked my wife, because of her age, do you think you can still carry pregnancy at your age and she said why not? So, I said if you are, then relax, it’s not over until it’s over,” Noah Adenuga said.
On her part, Margaret said she took a lot of inspiration from her husband’s love and confidence in her.
A fourth IVF attempt proved to be the magic touch in the couple’s quest for children, and it brought them double delight.
Both babies and their mother are healthy, a daily source of joy for Noah.
Dr. Adeyemi Okunowo, who delivered the babies, a specialist team was assembled at the hospital to monitor the pregnancy because of her age.
“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,” Okunowo said.
Okunowo said even though older women are able to conceive through IVF, doctors must lay bare the medical risks associated with being pregnant at that age.
There are age-related medical complications that come with being pregnant at that age such as the baby being born preterm.
She’s lucky but many may succumb to other complications during or after having a baby.