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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — During nearly four decades of marriage, Akosua Budu Amoako and her husband tried to have a child, without success. But last month, at age 59, Budu gave birth to her first child after fertility treatments.

The full-term 7-pound, 4-ounce boy was born June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna, near Albany. He’s named after his father, Isaiah Somuah Anim.

“They’re doing super, very well,” Dr. Khushru Irani, who delivered the baby, told The Associated Press on Monday. The couple, he added, “are so happy about the whole thing.”

Budu said she and her 59-year-old husband, who live in Schenectady, had tried for years to get pregnant naturally after they married 38 years ago, but they eventually stopped trying. Then last year, after learning that a 60-year-old woman in the couple’s homeland of Ghana gave birth to triplets after fertility treatments, the couple, both medical professionals at a local hospital, decided to try once again to have a child.

Irani said he was apprehensive at first, noting the risks of complications that can arise from giving birth at such an advanced age.

“Initially, when I saw her, I’m saying no, it’s not a good idea for your health to have a baby at your age,” the doctor said. “But they were very insistent and they wanted to try it out.”

Budu underwent in vitro fertilization at an Albany-area clinic using her husband’s sperm and a donor egg. The entire process, from initial screening to successful fertilization, cost $20,000 and took about a year, the elder Amin told the newspaper.

“We haven’t gotten much sleep, but I feel fine and I think he already knows our voices,” Budu told the Times Union.

The couple, who came to the United States in 2005, are naturalized U.S. citizens.

“And our son is born an American, and a New Yorker,” Amin said.


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11 thoughts on “New York Woman, 59, Gives Birth After Trying For Decades

  1. Congrats on your special little bundle of joy after all these years!! He looks like he will be real cool, already waving at us as an infant, so they should be just fine. You all really wanted this child b/c everyone could not afford $10K for an egg donor. Live long and prosper!!!

  2. Daniese Armstrong on said:

    God was gracious and added years to the lives of Abraham and Sarah….he will do the same for this couple. God allowed this creation and miraculous birth….this couple has been faithful for 40 years in their marriage.Congratulations!

  3. RENO2AC on said:

    God bless them, but who the heck wants to have a child at that advanced age?!?! I’m fit and 50, and don’t look anywhere near my age. I have a 9 month old nephew who wears me out!! Both of them could be dead before the child even gets to MIDDLE school. I hope that they have a Will and someone designated to finish raising their child in the event of their demise from old age. My personal opinion is that this is selfishness at its worse. Just my opinion.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    Wow. So let’s see at 10, she will be 69, at 20, she will be 79, hmmm ok, Sarah was in her 90s. Congrats to the happy couple.

    • God may be gracious and add years to their lives to rear this much wanted child. Miracles still happen! They have been faithful in marriage and earned this opportunity to be great parents.

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