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67-year-old woman gives birth to baby girl; twin dies
Updated: 2005-01-16 23:33

A 67-year-old Romanian woman gave birth Sunday to a baby girl, hospital officials said. The child's twin sister was stillborn, they said.

Romanian doctors at the Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest said Adriana Iliescu, who was artificially inseminated, is the world's oldest recorded mother.

Iliescu's daughter -who has not yet been named -was delivered by cesarean section early Sunday, more than six weeks short of a full 40-week pregnancy term, said a hospital spokeswoman. She weighed just 1.45 kilograms (3.19 pounds), less than half the weight of an average newborn, and was in the intensive care unit but breathing on her own, the spokeswoman said.

"The mother is doing well - she is saying she has been given a new lease of life," the spokeswoman said, reading from a statement.

Doctors performed the emergency cesarean section after the smaller of Iliescu's twins died in the womb, a hospital spokeswoman said. That child weighed just 700 grams (1.54 pounds), the spokeswoman said.

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