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Grieved by death of adult child, 60-year-old China woman gives birth to twins

Published on Jan 17, 2014 4:04 PM

BEIJING - At 60, Ms Sheng Hailin took on a challenge few people have faced. She had twin girls in 2010, which makes her the oldest person in China to give birth.

Now 64 and the mother of two four-year-olds, it is not an achievement of which she is proud. She chose in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) after her only child Tingting and Tingting's husband, died in 2009 of gas poisoning. Tingting was 29.

Her death left Ms Sheng and her husband as one pair among more than a million "orphan parents", in a country where parents traditionally rely on their children to take care of them when they get old, Global Times reported.

Almost unable to bear life without her daughter, Ms Sheng decided to have another baby in her old age.

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