A Nigerian woman, Mrs Ajibola Otunbusin delivered a bouncing baby boy at 67yrs, breaking all kinds of records in the process.
Not only has she become the oldest Nigerian woman to give birth through IVF (in-vitro fertilization), she is also the oldest African in recorded history to give birth to a baby, and the 2nd oldest mum in the world.
The elated mother and her husband Professor Otunbusin were beside themselves with joyShe had undergone the IVF procedure at the St Ives IVF&Fertility center.With her successful conception and delivery she becomes the latest in a long line of women who have benefited from the highly lauded St Ives IVF programme.
Speaking to Thelagostimes, Mrs Ajibola Otunbusin narrated how her efforts to have a child have taken her to several specialist hospitals in Nigeria and India where she underwent numerous procedures without success.
“This might be hard to believe but I am 67 years old and I have been married for over 39 years. I have done several IVF both in India and in Nigeria that failed. At several points, I had said to myself: ‘So I will die without a child of my own?’ But I never gave up on God. I held on to the belief that at the appointed time, God will remember me. And my husband kept encouraging me.
“In 2018. I was directed to St. Ives Fertility center by the Holy Spirit. I started the procedure with joy and I ended it with joy from above.”
While glowing with the radiance that comes from a long mission finally accomplished, Mrs Ajibola Otunbusin advised other women who are encountering challenges with childbearing not to lose hope.
She urged them to remain positive and try all medical methods while also looking up to God for the fruit of the womb.
“I hereby encourage all women despite your age not to relent, God of Sarah will remember you too”, she said.The medical team was led by the Head of IVF unit Dr Babatunde Okewale FRCOG,other experts of the team were
Dr Kingsley Obodo FMCOG,Dr Taofeek Ogunfunmilayo FMCOG.Ozioma chukwudi MSC, the senior Embryologist,Fertility specialist nursesMary Obichie SNM and Olusola Inameti SNM