Man, 70, and his 68-year-old wife welcome twins after unsuccessfully trying to get babies for 43 years

By BBC On Wed, 22 Apr, 2020 12:29 | < 1 min read
Margarett Adenuga gave birth to the twins on April 14. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
Margarett Adenuga gave birth to the twins on April 14. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The husband of a 68-year-old woman who delivered twins in Nigeria has told the BBC it took 43 years and three unsuccessful IVF procedures before conceiving their babies.

Noah Adenuga said their search for children had taken them to the UK and back to Nigeria and that their faith kept them going through the many years of childlessness.

Margarett Adenuga gave birth to the twins on April 14.

Ms Adenuga and the babies are doing well and have been discharged from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The 70-year-old father said he had received messages from a group of fertility doctors who have called his decision to go through IVF reckless. He insisted that the decision was private and it was not the doctors’ concern.

The attending physician Dr Adeyemi Okunowo called the birth “a miracle” but was also quick to point that the couple took a huge risk going ahead with the pregnancy due to their age.

The hospital management said it wouldn’t have conducted the IVF on the 68-year-old due to her age and had only admitted her because it was a medical responsibility.

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