16 Jul, 2009 @ 18:04
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World’s oldest mother dies in Cadiz

THE world’s oldest mother has died in Andalucia, aged 69.

Maria Carmen del Bousada, who lived in Puerto de Santa Maria near Cadiz, gave birth to twins in 2006 at the age of 67.

Bousada became pregnant after lying about her age and undergoing IVF treatment in the United States.

The legal age for a single woman is 55, yet Bousada was 67 at the time.

Bousada passed away on Saturday after losing her battle against breast cancer, diagnosed shortly after giving birth.

Spanish social services have stated that the twins will not be taken into custody and will be cared for by their godfather, a nephew of Bousada.

Bousada lived in an apartment in the town and was regarded as a discreet woman, often seen walking her children, Pau and Christian, to a nearby nursery.

“The twins will not be taken into custody and will be cared for by their godfather”.

After giving birth to the twins, Bousada expressed her hope to see her grandchildren after her own mother lived to the age of 101.

Bousada’s age ignited debate over fertility treatment and motherhood late in life; her death now looks set to raise questions over the ethics of elderly mothers.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. The actions of this elderly mother consigned her children to a future of adoption, and that it is wrong. However, these children have been given life and can hopefully experience this marvellous world. That is a greater gift in my opinion. Very sad nevertheless.

  2. Whatever this womans circumstances were that meant she had to wait almost all her life for children, its a very sad situation that the twins have lost their mum and her love at such an early age.

  3. Carly are you, like, 12 or something? Don’t judge other people – you know nothing about their circumstances, struggles, and life choices. Get annoyed about more pressing issues.

  4. Carley is right.. how would you like to be a few years old and your mother dying, or if she lived longer , how would you like to be 18 and bring your mom over at age 70. Children are humans, not animals.. you can’t just bring them in the world because they are cute. So many americans have dogs in their back yards who they never pet them or take them out walking, they only feed them and keep them there. some for food like Viet or Philipenos, others just ignorance. no one plays with them or gives a damn. Her kids are not going to be treated that way, but a life without a mother or father, sucks.

  5. Every mother is selfish.

    There are many reasons that some women can’t have children before 30, 40 or 50 years. Why one woman over 50 or 60 years old couldn’t have a child? Where is the proof that young mother will not die and older will?
    How many children in the world have lost their parents, they were young?

    Instead to help to this older mothers (there should be some support service for them); everybody knows only to criticise. What for? They are not hanging on your neck or depend from your money.


  6. You could live 55 plus years after your child is born…..and bring it 55 years of misery and nothing of value – OR you might have a short time with them but be profound in your teaching and give them love that never dies. You cant measure impact through time or age.

  7. Fred your an ******* ……… and yes this women was incredibly selfish to have children at such an old age. If she was that desperate for children she could have got IVF a lot sooner than she did.

  8. Terrible to lose a mother without knowing her, but having life itself is far, far more important. Only a person who has thought through such an issue intelligently could appreciate this fact. Not Sharon therefore, lol. My pet cat has more brain cells.

  9. This is for the very ignorant Carly and Sakumamiyuyulala……..My mother raised her granchild at the age of 70 and saw her graduate with a masters degree from MIT University with honors and my mother was 94. Look up this university…one of the finest in the world. On the note of americans not looking after their pets you are either misinformed or stupid. Americans are the most pet friendly people in the world!!!!!!!

  10. Ok, everybody has their opinion. Point is, the children were born and now will probably go through a lonely life. Hopefully, the children will find contentment in their lives and have pleasant thoughts about their mother. To them, it really doesn’t matter how they came into the world, and I pray they make the most out of any food situations that come their way.

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