Miracle: 59-Year-Old Ghanaian Woman Akosua Budu Amoako Has Given Birth To Her First Child After 38 Years Of Marriage
Akosua Budu Amoako, a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman, has given birth to her first child after almost four decades of trying. It’s understood she gave birth to a full-term 7lb 4oz boy on June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna, near Albany, New York.
According to Budu, she and her husband, Isaiah, gave up trying to have children after she discovered she had a blocked fallopian tube that made natural pregnancy almost impossible. However, hopes were rekindled after the couple learnt a 60-year-old woman in their home country Ghana gave birth to triplets after fertility treatments.
“They’re doing super, very well,” Dr. Khushru Irani, who delivered the baby, told The Associated Press on Monday. The couple, he added, “are so happy about the whole thing.”
Irani said he was apprehensive at first, noting the risks of complications that can arise from giving birth at such an advanced age.
“Initially, when I saw her, I’m saying no, it’s not a good idea for your health to have a baby at your age,” the doctor said. “But they were very insistent and they wanted to try it out.”
Budu underwent in vitro fertilization at an Albany-area clinic using her husband’s sperm and a donor egg. The entire process, from initial screening to successful fertilization, cost $20,000 and took about a year, the elder Amin told the newspaper.
“We haven’t gotten much sleep, but I feel fine and I think he already knows our voices,” Budu told the Times Union.
The couple, who came to the United States in 2005, are naturalized U.S. citizens.
“And our son is born an American, and a New Yorker,” Amin said.
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