RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- A 61-year-old Brazilian woman gave birth to twins Tuesday night, local press said Thursday.
"I am very happy, I fulfilled my dream of becoming a mother," the mother Antonia Leticia Asti said. "I have always wanted to be a mother. We did not have many financial means, but we saved up to fulfill our dream."
The twins, a boy and a girl who were named Sofia and Roberto, were born prematurely at 31 weeks of pregnancy, weighing only 900 grams. They will remain in the intensive care unit of a local hospital for a few weeks until they gain more weight.
Doctors chose to do the delivery earlier due to high blood pressure problems suffered by the mother.
"The mother is well, despite the high risk of a gestation at an advanced age," said Doctor Marco Antonio Antun.
The mother had been trying to conceive for over two decades, and underwent fertility treatments, which included four artificial insemination attempts.
She and her 55-year-old husband had previously tried to adopt a child, but were denied due to their advanced age.