A 67-year-old woman, Mrs Anastassia Ontou, from a village near Larissa, central Greece, gave birth to the 2.6lb girl via Caesarian section, after a pregnancy lasting seven and a half months.
She has given birth to her daughter's baby girl, becoming the world's oldest surrogate mother. She made the decision to carry the child after her daughter, who had seven failed pregnancy attempts, was told she would never be able to conceive.
‘Anastassia Ontou decided she had to offer to carry the baby after her daughter suffered through seven failed pregnancy attempts.’
The doctor who helped to deliver the baby described Ms Ontou as 'heroic' and admitted he initially had reservations. He only went ahead following a court ruling. She said yesterday: "I feel more like a grandmother than a mother. It was an easy decision for me - my daughter was heartbroken after not being able to carry the baby herself."
Mrs Ontou's daughter Constantina, 43, said she thought her mother was "crazy" when she offered to carry the child. "I told her she's crazy," she said. "We haven't cried like this in years. Mrs Ontou, said that she had been fortunate enough to have faced few problems during the pregnancy.
Based on international records, this is the oldest surrogate mother who is also a grandmother, based on her daughter's medical condition. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the previous oldest surrogate mother was 66 years and 358 days old. Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, from Spain, gave birth to her twin boys almost a decade ago. However, she passed away from cancer in 2009.
Earlier this year an Indian woman became the oldest mother in the world, giving birth at the age of 72.
Daljinder Kaur had a child after two years of IVF treatment at a fertility clinic and said she was not too old to become a first-time mother.
It is thought she is the oldest woman in the world to give birth - taking the mantle from Rajo Devi Lohan - who was 70 when she gave birth to daughter Naveen.