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New mother, 67, lied to fertility clinic about age

January 29, 2007|From Reuters

LONDON — The oldest woman ever to give birth deceived doctors to get the fertility treatment that enabled her to have twins at 67 last month, a British newspaper said Sunday.

Carmela Bousada, who gave birth to twins Christian and Pau on Dec. 29, apparently convinced a Los Angeles clinic that she was 55, the cut-off age for its in-vitro fertilization program, Britain's News of the World said.

"They didn't ask for my age or my passport. I may look tired now, but before the births I did look slim and a lot younger," the newspaper quoted Bousada as saying in an interview.

The clinic, the Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles, was not available for comment. The clinic has confirmed in media reports that it treated Bousada.

It says its success rate for women older than 43 is just 2%, compared with 56% for women younger than 34.

Bousada, a Spaniard, sold her home to pay for the treatment.

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