A 46-year-old mother from China has given birth to a baby now being called “China’s oldest newborn.”
A woman from Guangzhou happily welcomed her second child at the age of 46, which is considerably a bit too late to have a baby. However, the interesting part isn’t the mother’s age, but the baby boy’s unique background.
According to Shanghaiist, the baby comes from her mother’s embryo that was frozen 16 years ago in 2000.
The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University said that it is the first birth from the batch of 16-year-old embryos. The hospital said that they have embryos from 1994 and because China changed its policies and now allows families to have two children, they expect that more women will be coming in to have a child.
“I’m really just ecstatic to have another child,” the 46-year-old mother said.
The woman reportedly had health problems that led to infertility. But thanks to IVF, or in vitro fertilization, she was able to give birth to her first baby in 2000. She then requested to freeze her 18 remaining embryos not knowing that she would make use of it last year.
She came back to the hospital in May of last year in an attempt to have her second child after China ended their one-child policy, South China Morning Post said.