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Oldest woman to get IVF decides to cancel


Susan Tollefsen, 59, had daughter Freya two years ago and was due to begin her course at a private London clinic later in May. However, Susan pulled out after admitting her first IVF baby nearly killed her.

"We've basically decided the risks are too great and I'm too old," said Susan. "My advice to older women wanting children is don't risk it."

Susan had Freya at 57, but had to visit a Russian clinic after being refused treatment in the UK due to her age. Her husband Nick Mayer, who is 11 years younger than her, provided the sperm for the donor egg to be fertilised with.

"After I had Freya I had a burst ulcer in my stomach and I nearly died. I don't want to leave behind two young children for my husband to look after on his own," said Susan. "He is a bit nervous that we are tempting fate with my age. I should just be happy with the child I've got."

The NHS should not recommend IVF to women aged over 40, according to guidelines, while private clinics will generally refuse to treat those older than 50. However, doctors at the London Women's Clinic on Harley Street agreed to help Susan conceive again in January.

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17th May 2010, 18:46
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