A Brazilian woman's lifelong dream of becoming a mother got fulfilled when she gave birth to twins this week, a week after she turned 61.
The pregnancy was achieved using artificial insemination and 10-year-old frozen embryos.
Antonia Leticia Rovati Asti gave birth Monday thanks in part to the efforts of Orlando de Castro Neto, a specialist in assisted reproduction who the would-be mom sought out in 1992.
"The new attempt at artificial insemination was carried out with embryos that were left from the first procedure 10 years ago and were frozen," a source at Neto's clinic told EFE.
Asti's eggs were fertilized using sperm from her husband.
The twins, Sofia and Roberto, were delivered by caesarian at Sao Lucas Hospital in Santos, a week after the new mother turned 61.
"Antonia had preserved embryos from the first fertilization, but the embryos have a validity of 10 years, more or less, and they were reaching their end. She said she wanted to use them for a new attempt," Neto told the media.
"The age didn't matter at all," the doctor said. "The only condition is that a woman has a uterus."
The major obstacle facing people in the same situation as Asti is social prejudice against women over 40 bearing children, Neto said.