A 58-year-old Israeli woman has given birth to twins after receiving fertility treatment.


Israeli medical authorities said Samira Elias, a retired history teacher, was the oldest woman to give birth in Israel, breaking a record set several years ago by a 53-year-old.

“I may be the oldest person to have given birth in Israel but I am the happiest woman in the world,” Elias was quoted as saying in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Monday.

A 2.375 kg-(5 lb 2 oz) boy, Elias, and a girl, Solva, weighing 2.155 kg (4 lb 8 oz), were born by Caesarean section in hospital in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya on Saturday. They are her first children.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest woman to give birth was an Italian, who had a baby boy in 1994 at the age of 63.

Unfortunately, when friends came to the house to see the Italian woman’s baby they had a long wait. It seems she had a mental lapse and had forgotten where she put her newborn and told the guests she was waiting for the baby to cry in order to locate the infant.*

* I could not resist the temptation. The last paragraph was my personal ad-on, meant to be humorous, and not really a part of the article, but the rest is verbatim.

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