China's Hefei woman, at 60, gives birth to twins

09:08, May 27, 2010      

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A 60-year-old retired woman in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, has given birth to two infant girls, putting her at the top of the list of the country's oldest mothers.

Two girls were born prematurely on Tuesday, 34 weeks after Cheng Lin (pseudonym) successfully received in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

The decision for Cheng to become pregnant was made by Cheng and her husband in an attempt to relieve the haunting memory of Tingting, their late daughter who died at 28, along with her husband, in a gas poisoning incident last year.

Married in 1977, Cheng Lin had her only daughter, Tingting, in 1980. She grew up healthy and married in September 2008, the Xin'an Evening News reported.

Half a year into the marriage, Tingting and her husband died as a result of gas poisoning during the Spring Festival in 2009. Cheng Lin and her husband were so heartbroken that Cheng nearly lost the courage to live after seeing their daughter die so young and unexpectedly.
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