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IVF boy for 58-year old

3 February 2003
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 193

Sandra Lennon, a 58-year old woman, has become one of the UK's oldest woman to give birth following IVF treatment. She already has two children, aged 34 and 30, and four grandchildren.

The fertility treatment took place at the private London Fertility Centre, under the supervision of Professor Ian Craft. His is the only clinic in the UK which offers treatment to women of that age. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not set a maximum age for IVF treatment but a spokesperson commented 'while there is no upper age limit in the law preventing older women having fertility treatment, consideration must be given to the welfare of the child to be born. The parents' age, health and their ability to provide long-term continuing care must be assessed'.

Pro-life groups have condemned the birth. A spokeswoman for the group Life said 'post-menopausal reproduction is wrong. These people have been more concerned with defying nature than thinking of the welfare of the child'.

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