How 68-year-old Woman Gave Birth to Twins in Lagos

The new parents and their babies

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has announced that a 68-year-old woman successfully gave birth to a set of twins at the hospital.

According to a statement issued by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council of LUTH, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, the woman became pregnant for the first time after she underwent In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

IVF is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory.

 After the fertilised egg (zygote) undergoes embryo culture for 2–6 days, it is implanted in the same or another woman's uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.

All these processes were carried out on the 68-year-old woman and managed at LUTH until she put to bed through Caesarean section, making her case the first of its kind in Africa.

LUTH's statement reads: “LUTH has successfully delivered a 68-year old primigravida (pregnant for the first time) with twin (a male and a female) gestation (pregnancy) following an IVF conception.
“She was delivered through an elective Caesarean section at 37 weeks gestation on April 14, 2020. The IVF and embryo transfer were done at an outside facility. She was thereafter referred to LUTH at early gestation and subsequently managed till term. This is the first in LUTH, Nigeria, and Africa! Mother and babies are well.”

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