59-year-old woman who tried for decades to get pregnant gives birth

ALBANY, N.Y. -- During nearly four decades of marriage, Akosua Budu Amoako and her husband tried to have a child, without success.

But last month, at age 59, Budu gave birth to a child after fertility treatments.

The full-term 7-pound, 4-ounce boy was born June 15 at Bellevue Woman's Center in Niskayuna, New York. He's named after his father, Isaiah Somuah Anim.

"They're doing super, very well," Dr. Khushru Irani, who delivered the baby, said Monday. The couple, he added, "are so happy about the whole thing."

Budu said she and her 59-year-old husband, who live in Schenectady, New York, had tried for years to get pregnant naturally after they married 38 years ago but eventually stopped trying.

Last year, after learning a 60-year-old woman in the couple's homeland of Ghana gave birth to triplets after fertility treatments, the couple, both medical professionals at a hospital, decided to try again to have a child.

Irani said he was apprehensive at first, noting the risks of complications that can arise from giving birth at such an advanced age.

Budu underwent in vitro fertilization at an Albany-area clinic using her husband's sperm and a donor egg. The process cost $20,000 and took about a year.

"We haven't gotten much sleep, but I feel fine, and I think he already knows our voices," Budu said.

The couple, who came to the United States in 2005, are naturalized U.S. citizens.

"And our son is born an American and a New Yorker," Amin said.