Thursday, July 16, 2009

World's oldest mother dies

Updated on : Thursday, July 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES: She was the world's oldest mother when she gave birth to twin boys at the age of 66 on 29 December 2006. Less than three years on, Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara has died, her family announced yesterday.

The former shop worker, who travelled from her home in Spain to the US for fertility treatment, had been diagnosed with cancer shortly after the birth, her brother told the media.

She was admitted to a hospital near Cadiz and died on Saturday, he said. The exact cause of death has not been confirmed by the hospital.

Her two-year-old sons, Christian and Pau, will be left in the care of her family. The birth provoked condemnation in Spain and led to debate around the world over the ethics of helping elderly women give birth.

Ms Bousada de Lara defended her right to have children late in life, saying there was no reason she should not live as long as her mother, who died at the age of 101. She joked that she might even live to see her grandchildren.

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