Many couples dream of getting married and having a baby. While marriage brings in uncountable blessings but being blessed with a child is a gift from god. But not everyone gets to rejoice that happiness. Some couples suffer the pain and anxiety of infertility or miscarriage. At times, they are unable to conceive or give birth to a child and the reasons could be many. One such story is that of a woman who gave birth to a boy at the age of 59.
At Bellevue Woman’s Center, Niskayuna, near Albany, a 59-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy. Akosua Budo Amoako is married for 38 years and was trying to getting pregnant for around four long decades. After all her failed attempts, she started undergoing fertility treatments. And after a long wait, all her prayers were answered. Both this husband and wife are 59 years old, and they managed to deliver a baby boy in good health. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces when born at the New York hospital.
The couple has been trying to conceive since they first got married, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The reason for Akosua’s infertility was a blocked fallopian tube because of which a natural pregnancy was not possible. Isaiah Somuah Anim and Akosua were in the depths of despair and thought they are helpless. They believed the bitter fact of not having children. One day Akosua came across an article about a woman from Ghana. The woman gave birth to triplets at the age of 60 after a series of successful fertility treatments.
With a ray of hope, Akosua went to a fertility clinic in Albany. The doctors suggested her to undergo an in vitro fertilization. Utilizing her husband’s sperm and a donor egg, Akosua underwent the fertility treatment. After several successful rounds, the couple was elated to know the fact that they soon can expect a child. Finally, Akosua and her husband were blessed with a baby boy. The baby was born on June 15 and was named Isaiah Somuah Anim Jr.
“We haven’t gotten much sleep, but I feel fine, and I think he already knows our voices. When he’s crying sometimes, my husband will call from work and Isaiah will hear his voice through the phone and calms down and stops crying,” said Akosua.
Nowadays fertility treatments have become technologically advanced and are also accessible. Women these days intentionally delay their pregnancy so they can concentrate on their careers rather than having a baby.
Dr. Kushru Irani of Niskayuna’s Bellevue Women’s Center said that initially he advised the couple from not to undergo in vitro fertilization. “I said everything that I could to discourage them by discussing the many risks. Akosua was pre-diabetic and suffered from some hypertension. I was concerned about the strain pregnancy and delivery would put on her heart. But they were very calm, determined and had clearly thought about this a long time. Once a patient makes a medical decision, it is my duty as a doctor to do my best to care for them and keep them in good health. You compartmentalize your worries so you can keep the patient’s spirits up.”
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