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Friday, July 17, 2009

World's Oldest Mom dies, leaving behind twin sons

Maria del Carmen Bousada lived--and died--a woman of controversy.

The Spanish-born Bousada became the world's oldest mom when she gave birth to twin boys, Pau and Christian, when she was 66 years old. She reportedly died last Saturday, after having been diagnosed with a tumor shortly after her sons were born in 2006.

Bousada believed she had a good chance of living long enough to raise her sons because her mother lived to be 101 years old.

Her decision to pursue in vitro fertilization in her late sixties was criticized by people around the world. Criticism increased when it was reported she lied to the fertility clinic providing her treatment, telling her medical providers she was 55 years old.

Controversy rages once again as people discuss what will happen to her almost three-year-old sons. News reports say the boys are staying with a nephew of Bousada and his wife.

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