WOMAN of 59 is trying to have her THIRD IVF baby.
will make Pauline Lyon one of the world's oldest IVF mums - and her plan
has caused a fury among MPs and fertility experts.
is determined to fork out thousands of pounds on more fertility treatment
to provide a brother or sister for daughter Lauren, seven, and three-year-old
defiant Pauline, who is backed by husband David, 58, said: "People say
we are being selfish and irresponsible but that's simply not true."
she told how she is desperate to become a mum again despite being:
down for IVF in this country.
to look abroad for treatment.
regularly for her children's grandmother.
already for lying about her age to get fertility treatment.
MPs and family experts expressed their outrage at Pauline's plan.
Tory MP and family campaigner Ann Widdecombe said condemned her actions
as "completely irresponsible".
said: "A woman of 59 should be planning to be a grandmother - not a new
mother. It ought to be illegal for women above the age you can naturally
have a baby to have IVF treatment."
Hedgley of the Electronic Infertility Network - the largest non-profit
infertility support group - said: "A lot of people will be shocked
and disgusted by this. There could be unknown consequences that will
make her a considerable demand on the NHS." Jane Griffiths, Labour MP
for Reading East and founder of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, said: "This
is definitely an issue of concern. We should not just be thinking about
whether a pregnancy like this is scientifically possible."
and Youth Concern spokesman Eric Hester said: "Mother nature provides
a natural cut-off point so we have to ask how far we can keep pushing
the boundaries artificially."
Pauline had Lauren in 1995, she became Britain's oldest - and most controversial
- IVF mum at 51 after pretending to be two years younger.
four weeks before her 59th birthday, she is ready to go to astonishing
lengths again to have another child.
said: "I know I can't go on having kids until I'm 70 but I'll still
only be 59 next month. I had to lie and fight to get fertility treatment
first time round and I'm prepared to do it all again.
desperate for my children to have another brother or sister to play with.
We will have to go to Italy to see fertility experts as no doctor will
treat me in this country as I'm considered too old."
though she and her husband suffer health problems, Pauline - who has
a 31-year-old daughter by her first husband - cannot accept that the doctors
might be right to refuse her.
has high blood pressure and David, also 58, is waiting for a knee replacement
op. They would be AT LEAST 60 when the baby is born even if IVF
is a rapid success - and probably ABOUT 78 before the child left school.
Pauline said: "I'd give anything now to feel another life growing inside
me. It seems natural for me - whatever my age.
is hard to explain why I feel so broody all the time. I simply have this
uncontrollable maternal instinct."
talked about her longings at the couple's home in Attleborough, Norfolk,
where David was resting with a broken ankle after falling downstairs.
said: "I adore babies and the way they make me feel. They are helpless
and I want to protect them. As children grow older they don't need
that as much and that's why I want another baby."
first husband died five years after the birth of their daughter
Lisa, now 31. Pauline was 47 when she found fresh happiness with
second husband, catering manager David. They married six months after
meeting at a singles night. The couple tried for a baby naturally but
Pauline was starting the menopause.
was 49 when she saw an IVF specialist and knocked two years off her age
as she realised the age limit for being treated was 50.
£7,500 worth of treatment Pauline became pregnant in July 1994.
case sparked nationwide controversy. "I was vilified although my only
crime was to want a baby," she said.
was rushed into hospital two weeks early with soaring blood pressure.
But Lauren was born a healthy 6lb 4oz a month before her mum's 52nd
lost her "oldest mum" title in 1997 when Liz Buttle, 60, had a test-tube
son. Soon she felt the craving for another child and visited the
Harley Street clinic of Liz's specialist, Professor Ian Craft, after learning
that he accepted women up to 55 for IVF.
was warned she had only a five per cent chance of conceiving but after
two failed attempts and another £11,500 she got pregnant in August 1998.
was again hit by blood pressure problems and had Brodie by Caesarian in
March 1999, two months before she was 56.
first Pauline felt her family was complete and gave away four embryos frozen
for her IVF. But last summer the baby yearning returned. Pauline recalled:
"We got in touch with Professor Craft. He wrote to a review committee
but we were turned down on age grounds. I was devastated and regretted
giving away my embryos."
refuses to give up her quest and will seek treatment abroad. She said:
"I can't see that age makes a difference. We won't give the baby any
couple will be 74 by the time Brodie is 18 and their planned baby might
be only about 10 then.
shrugs off fears that she and David might not be alive then, even
though both their mothers died of cancer in their early 60s.
couple are often mistaken for their kids' grandparents. Pauline said:
"People tell me what lovely grandchildren I have."
the couple don't care and David added: "We've spent almost £20,000 on
having children but are determined to raise the money for a third. Another
baby will make our lives complete."