The world’s oldest mother has died

Pregnant womanA Spanish woman who became the world’s oldest new mother when she gave birth in 2006 to twin boys at the age of 66 has died. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, passed away on Saturday at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

The case of Maria was brought up a number of times in the very passionate programme we had last week asking whether everyone has the right to be a parent.

Maria was adament at the time she conceived that she would be around to see her children into adulthood. If you agreed with her right to have a child before, do you still now? What’s your reaction to the news she has died?

21 Responses to “The world’s oldest mother has died”

  1. 1 steve
    July 15, 2009 at 20:29

    Because of her selfishness AND dishonesty, two children have to grow up not knowing their biological parents. Was it worth it? She lied about her age to the clinic that provided the IVF. Said she was 55 when she was 66. How far will we allow people to go to accomplish their selfish goals?

  2. 2 Tom K in Mpls
    July 15, 2009 at 23:43

    Is anyone surprised? This is why she had to lie to get the treatments. The only thing more strange than what people do, is the excuses they give.

  3. 3 Dennis Junior
    July 16, 2009 at 03:11

    I am sending my heartfelt condolences to Ms. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara’s family and specially the children…..

    If you agreed with her right to have a child before, do you still now? No…I don’t agreed with her now…

    ~Dennis Junior~

  4. 4 James Ian
    July 16, 2009 at 06:38

    How dumb can you get, having a child at 66??

  5. July 16, 2009 at 09:23

    my heart goes to her twins and their family.wish them all the best

  6. 6 Deryck/Trinidad
    July 16, 2009 at 10:50

    I hope the kids are taken care of. Condolences to the family.

    I still agree to the right to have a child if you are totally well, apprently at the time she had the treatment and kids she was well. So to try to build a case against people her age having children is unscientific unless you can get verifiable studies and statistics on the morbity and mortality rate of women her age.

    Remember someone younger can die to but the probability is less compared to someone older.

    Did the fertility clinic check documentation to ensure her age or did they just take her word that she was 55? That question needs to be answered.

  7. 7 Ann
    July 16, 2009 at 12:16

    It’s very sad, but I wouldn’t judge her. Just hope her children have a good upbringing.

  8. 8 patti in cape coral
    July 16, 2009 at 12:56

    So sad when a mother dies while her kids are still young. My condolences.

    July 16, 2009 at 13:33

    There is nothing immoral about having to make a positive goal and achieve it. She did not waste time righting a morality which she did not author.

    Clearly it was a personal choice and we hope the rest of the family will find it necessary to cope with the chanllenge she has given them.

    Some kids have been thrown in wilderness and servived the odds. I believe her’s might have a better chance to succeed because down inside me, I feel kids do not belong to parents alone but to the world community as well. We cant forget that they are celebrities in their own right through their mother’s initiative. My condolence to the family & Good Luck wish to the boys.

  10. 10 Jennifer
    July 16, 2009 at 15:54

    I think that it was wrong for the clinic to not verify this woman’s age before she had IVF. 55 was an advanced age to have not only 1 baby but 2 anyway and I think these requirements should be reevaluated.

    There is a reason that we have natural processes that prevent childbearing naturally after a certain age. Even young people should not take their good health for granted. I hope that this woman made arrangements for her childrens’ futures.

  11. 11 Tom D Ford
    July 16, 2009 at 16:30

    “In 2007, Ms Bousada de Lara said she had lied about her age to doctors at a fertility clinic in California to get IVF treatment, telling them she was 55.”

    I suggest that she had much more serious problems in her life than infertility.

    I don’t know how you could screen out people like her and the infertility industry makes an awful lot of money off people like her so their interests have ended up being counter to the interests of the children.

    I hope that she is an anomaly.

    I wish her kids well, losing their mother at their age just can’t be good.

  12. 12 Tom D Ford
    July 16, 2009 at 16:39

    If there is some kind of competition going on to be the worlds oldest mother, I wish they would enter hot dog eating contests instead.

    Kids deserve to have a healthy and energetic mother who can care for them and keep up with them for many years before she and the kids part.

  13. 13 steve
    July 16, 2009 at 17:22

    A woman wanting children after menopause is impossible without medical science. She wasn’t meant to have kids at that age. Just like men aren’t meant to give birth, she wasn’t either. If a man wanted to give birth to a child, and went for some procedure to accomplish this, he would be hopefully, and probably referred to a psychologist. Why wasn’t she referred to one? Society really needs to stop enabling the mentally ill.

  14. 14 jamily5
    July 16, 2009 at 18:08

    If Maria had naturally conceived, it would have been another issue. I don’t have a problem with her choice to have a child. I have a problem with her decision to lie about her age to get what she wanted. obviously, doctors put this age stipulation for a reason. Hopefully she had lots of supports in place.

  15. 15 Keith
    July 16, 2009 at 18:45

    Even if she did survive until 100, around age 80 or earlier, when her children would be THIRTEEN or FOURTEEN, they would have to take care of her. Selfish, Selfish, Selfish. Any woman who says a woman should be able to choose to have children at any time, please, just give me a good argument about how a woman is capable of taking care of a child in her 80’s.

  16. 16 steve
    July 16, 2009 at 18:59

    The pathological narcissism and selfishness is really extreme in society now. This is a relatively “mild” example of it. Things are going to be so much worse in the future when people think they should be allowed to do anything, simply because they want to.

  17. 17 Jessica in NYC
    July 16, 2009 at 22:34

    I love-love! how the conversation is about senior citizen women having children and nothing about the old men that father kids one step into the grave. “Selfishness” is not monopolized by a specific gender or economic class.

    Who cares if she was 55 or 66, neither age should be accepted for IVF treatment. The clinic is at fault. We can’t help what “crazy” people do, but the clinic should put a value on medical practices over that of a dollar. If you want to me a mom at 55, fine then adopt and see if the adoption agency finds to to be a fit parent.

  18. 18 steve
    July 17, 2009 at 14:10

    @ Jessica

    Um, old men are capable of fathering children without the intervention of science. If he had some medical procedure done to have a child at 115 years of age, you might have a more valid point. SHE had medical procedures don’t to beat nature. Men remain fertile for much longer than women do.

  19. 19 steve
    July 17, 2009 at 14:10

    Also, Jessica, even if an older man has a child, the mother will obviously be much younger, and the child will at least have one parent, not ZERO like this selfish woman’s two children will experience for the rest of their lives, not having either parent.

  20. 20 Dennis Junior
    July 17, 2009 at 18:19

    Question: Did Ms. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, had a plan for the care and guardianship of her “younger” children….

    ~Dennis Junior~

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