60-Year-Old Canadian Gives Birth to Twins

Birth raises medical-ethics questions

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2009 2:59 PM CST

(Newser) – A 60-year-old Canadian woman gave birth to twins this week, the CBC reports. Ranjit Hayer and her twin boys, delivered 7 weeks prematurely by cesarean section, are recovering in intensive care. Hayer underwent in vitro fertilization after trying to get pregnant for decades, but even her obstetrician has ethical concerns. “We can do so much but the question is, should we do it just because we can do it?” he wonders.

A 70-year-old Indian woman, Rajo Devi, poses with her husband Bala Ram, 72, right, and daughter. Like Ranjit Hayer's twins, her baby girl was also conceived through in vitro fertilization treatment.   (AP Photo/Devendra Uppal)
A 60-year old Canadian woman has given birth to twins.   (Shutterstock)
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I couldn't imagine if I was 65 having two five-year-olds running around crazily. The energy to do that is incredible. - Dr. Colin Birch, obstetrician

It all sounds very fine when this age group — isn't it fantastic what medical technology can do, how we're stretching the boundaries and everything else — but there's so much more involved in this. - Dr. Colin Birch

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