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Grandmother, age 55, gives birth to triplets

The Telegraph The Telegraph 6/04/2016

Picture used for representational purpose only © Press Association Picture used for representational purpose only A 55-year-old grandmother has given birth to healthy triplets after spending £22,700 on IVF. Sharon Cutts, a nurse, and her boyfriend Stuart Reynolds, a 40-year-old factory worker, from Boston, Lincs travelled to Cyprus for the treatment.

In the UK the NHS will provide the process only up to the age of 42, so the couple turned to a private London clinic. They used their savings and took out a £10,000 loan to help fund the treatment, but were left disappointed as the nine eggs they had been donated from an anonymous donor did not survive in Sharon’s womb over two attempts.

They then flew to Cyprus for a third procedure, which was a success. Ms Cutts, who is still married but separated from her husband of 24 years, said: “We got another loan out for £5,000 to try IVF again.

We focused on Cyprus as they do IVF on people up to the age of 60. “We chose an anonymous donor in July 2015 — we picked because of her likeness to me from the description.” The pregnancy had numerous problems and Ms Cutts spent 11 weeks in hospital to ensure the babies were delivered safely.

At one point doctors advised her to consider aborting one of the babies due to the dangers of pregnancy at her age. However, Ms Cutts refused and the triplets were born by caesarean section at a hospital in Nottingham.

They each weighed between 4lbs and 5lbs. Ms Cutts, a nurse at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, said she has no regrets about her decision to have children age 55. “We both have good, well-paid jobs and work hard, so plan to have the loans paid off in the next couple of years,” she told The Sun.

“I need to be fit and stay as well as I can. I spent 11 years in the Navy and ran four marathons. I know how to look after myself. “

I also have great family genes. My mum is 75 and healthy and my greatgrandma lived until she was 100. “I have longevity in my blood so there’s no reason why I won’t be around to meet the triplets’ children.”

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