A sixty seven year old
man, who survived 12 heart attacks, has fathered a baby girl with his thirty
one year old wife of eleven years through in vitro fertilization.
Lawrence, a retired nurse, almost had another heart attack when his wife
Ann-Marie told him that she was pregnant with their child.
Lawrence always thought that
he was too old for fatherhood with his young wife. However, he decided to
undergo IVF treatment, through the NHS, to help his wife conceive a baby of her
The couple underwent
intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment, where Malcolm's single
frozen sperm was thawed out and injected directly into one of Ann-Marie's
denuded eggs with microscopic assistance.
the couple's utter glee they were blessed with a 7-pound healthy baby girl,
Cerys-May, on March 10, 2012!
said, "It was a real shock. I still can't believe it has happened. There have
been some people who say things like, "You are too old to be a father" and
others saying my health isn't good enough. But I've proved them all wrong by
giving my wife what she always wanted - a child of her own."
new father, who is also a proud grandfather, lives in Bridgend, South Wales and
already has grown-up children from his previous marriage. His only son Gavin,
29, has two children of his own.
Lawrence, met Ann-Marie when she was 19, and married her nine years ago when he
was 57. The couple could not have a child naturally as Malcolm had a bladder
operation, 30 years ago, which prevented him from fathering a child by natural
means. At this point, Ann-Marie was too young for IVF. But Malcolm had already
frozen and stored his sperm at a University hospital of Wales at Cardiff where
it had remained for the next ten years.
year the couple was called upon to start their IVF treatment. Ann-Marie became
pregnant at the first try and later on, became the proud mother of a baby girl
who was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.
the couple plans to try again for a sibling for Cerys-May in a year's time, as
they are allowed two cycles with IVF treatment.
Malcolm Lawrence is not a very healthy man. He had suffered twelve heart
attacks, has a bad back and pain in his hips, and also suffers from a chronic
wife said, "I'm not bothered about the age difference and I try not to worry
about the future too much. I'm just happy to have a daughter". Malcolm's son
Kevin, too, is overjoyed that there is a new addition to their home.
Baby Cerys-May's birth is an
IVF success story indeed.