Britain's Oldest New Parents Reportedly 'Devastated' As Baby Is Taken Away By Social Services
Britain's oldest new parents - a 63-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man - have had their one-year-old child taken off them by Social Services, the Sun reports.
The couple are said to be 'devastated' about what has happened, and have made an appeal for the child's return.
The mother and father's respective ages are thought to have been a factor in the decision.
A source told the Sun: "They are devastated."
Apparently social services have been dealing with the parents since last year, and had warned them that they had to make improvements in how the child was being cared for.
The sourced continued: "They then decided that the called-for improvements had not happened and took the child into care."
The unnamed man and woman are from the north of England, and had the baby using a surrogate mother who was in her 20s. She reportedly was impregnanted using the man's sperm and a donor egg.
The couple are though to have spent more than £100,000 on the procedure, having used a clinic abroad as nowhere in the UK would take it on due to their age.
The Sun reports that the child's birth mother is British and that she and her husband are named on the birth certificate. However, they signed a parental order that would allow the older couple adopt the baby.
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The child is now believedto be in foster care, having been removed from the couple's care following concerns for the one-year-old.
While the couple are the oldest ever new parents in the UK, it is thought that an Indian woman in her 70s is the oldest woman to ever give birth, having had a son in 2016, CBS reports.
The woman, Daljinder Kaur, claimed that she was 70, but the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre - the clinic in the Indian state of Haryana that helped her become pregnant via IVF - placed her age at 72.
"I feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby," The Times of India quoted Kaur saying at the time of her son's birth.
"Everyone asked me to adopt a baby, but I never wanted to. I had faith in Almighty, and knew I will bear my child one day."
In an interview with Cover Asia Press last year, she said that the has been suffering from high blood pressure and weak joints, but does not regret having her son.
Kaur told the news agency: "Since he's been crawling I'm on my hands and knees and it's hard. My body can't take it. It's been harder than I thought.
"My blood pressure has suffered and I get tired very easily now. I've seen several doctors but they just give me medicines and a diet plan."
She added: "I'm worried for [her son] Armaan. I have to take care of my health but I have to take care of Armaan too."
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