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Baby girl at almost 56 years old

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 18, 2006 | 0 comments

For 36 years Giuseppe and Angelina remained childless, despite their desperate desire for a child. It just never happened. It was an absence acutely felt, especially for Angelina, who grew up in Sicily in a family of 12 - nine children, two parents and a live-in grandmother.

Her own mother, Domenica, conceived her last child at age 46, so Angelina kept hoping. But her 46th birthday came and went, and no child.

One weekend, when she was 50, Angelina decided she was done with fretting. She cast out all the dolls she had kept in anticipation of a child, spent the weekend grieving, then threw herself into a busy social routine.

Several years later, Angelina discovered she was pregnant. "We were incredulous", Angelina says. "I turned around to look behind me when the doctor told me, I asked him if he was talking to me."

She says Carmelina's was a natural conception, "a miracle of God". In 1995, aged almost 56, she gave birth to Carmelina by caesarean section, becoming the Mercy Maternity Hospital for Women's oldest mother....


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