Authorities no reason to take oldest mother’s boys

17th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain’s social services has no reason to take custody of the twin boys left behind by the oldest woman in the world who died over the weekend.

Madrid – Spanish authorities have no reason to take custody of the twin boys whose mother gave birth to them at the age of 66 and who died over the weekend, an official said Thursday.

"The mother died a natural death and her family has said they will look after them, they are not helpless," an official with the children's rights ombudsman's office of the southern Andalusia region said.

"There is no reason for social services to take charge of them because they have direct family members," added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Carmen Bousada became the oldest woman in the world to give birth when she had Cristian and Pau at a Barcelona hospital in December 2006 after undergoing in vitro fertilization at a US fertility clinic.

A single mother, Bousada announced she had cancer a year after the birth of the twins sparked a global debate over whether stricter limits should be placed on access to fertility treatment.

Her brother Ricardo Bousada told two newspapers on Wednesday that she had died on Saturday at the age of 69 but refused to say more.

He told the El Periodico de Catalunya newspaper he had sold exclusive details of her death to a television show and the proceeds would go towards looking after the boys, who are now two-and-a-half years old.

Regional daily Diario de Cadiz reported Thursday that Ricardo Bousada's son -- who is the twin's godfather -- would raise them.

Bousada told Spanish television in December 2007 shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer that family members could care for her sons if she died.

She admitted to having lied to doctors at the Los Angeles clinic where she was artificially inseminated using donor eggs and sperm about her age, saying she was just 55, in order to get around the institution's age limit for single women.

Spanish law does not set an age limit for fertility treatments but most clinics turn away women who are over 50.

AFP / Expatica

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