At 65, hassidic woman from Bnai Brak becomes oldest in Israel to give birth

Haya Shahar, a 65-year-old ultra-Orthodox, hassidic woman from Bnai Brak who has been unable to have a baby during her 46-year marriage to her 67-year-old husband Shmuel, gave birth on Monday to a healthy baby boy by caesarean section at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Sava.

It made her the oldest woman in Israel to give birth — not far behind the wold’s record holder — Spain’s Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, who was 66 years and 358 days old when she gave birth to twins.

Shahar’s 2.68-kilo (5.14 pound) baby was produced with donated or purchased sperm, but the hospital would not disclose exactly — although it may have been in Russia. In any case, it is illegal in this country to perform fertility treatments on a woman over 54.


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