Thanks to the medical advancement, a 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil.
It was the Brazilian law that only allows close relatives to serve as surrogate mothers, Serrao, the grandmother had to receive four embryos from her daughter. Although the cousins of the biological mother could have legally serve as surrogate mothers, all of them refused. The photo below shows Claudia Michelle (on left) looking at her twins Victor Gabriel and Antonio Bento as her mother Rosinete Palmeira Serrao rests in a bed at the Santa Joana hospital in Recife, Brazil on September 27th.
Rosinete Palmeira Serrao, a government health worker, gave birth to twin boys by Caesarean section on Thursday at the Santa Joana Hospital in the city of Recife, the hospital said in a statement on its Web site.
Hospital officials were not available for comment on Sunday, but press reports said the grandmother and twins were discharged on Saturday in excellent health. The Caesarean section was performed about two weeks ahead of time because Serrao was having trouble sleeping, the statement said.
Serrao decided to serve as a surrogate mother after four years of failed attempts at pregnancy by her 27-year-old daughter, Claudia Michelle de Brito. (cbs news )
Update: A Tokyo newspaper reported on August 21, 2008 that a 61-year-old Japanese woman has given birth to her own granddaughter after being implanted with a fertilized egg from her daughter.
The 61-year-old is believed to be the oldest surrogate mother in Japan.