A couple from Long Island, New York have welcomed their first child together aged 50 and 60 respectively
Sharon Kollmer and fiance Gus have said people thought they were ‘crazy’ to spend $25,000 to have a child together.
Sharon, 50, already has an 11-year-old son, and Gus,60, is a grandfather of three.
She had always wanted to have another child and after thinking about using a sperm donor, Gus, a lifelong friend, suggested the couple start a relationship and try together.
They ended up spending thousands on a donor egg and sperm.
Their daughter Bayleigh was born in September 2021.
Sharon told the Mirror: “I so desperately wanted more children. People thought I was crazy to start over again.
“I’d been to see fertility doctors who were dismissive because of my age and told me that even though I still had eggs, the chances of me falling pregnant were slim.
“I was still single at the time, I was talking to a male friend and after a while, he suggested we have a child together.
“So we started dating and because I was 46 and he was 56, we began trying to conceive straight away.
“We were trying for two years and then started looking towards donor embryos but knew the cut-off age was 45.
“So the couple turned to donor eggs.
“The process cost us about $34,000 and I went through rigorous physical testing and preparation.”
Sharon said the couple was successful on their first attempt, and Sharon said she loved being pregnant again.
Holding my daughter in my arms for the first time was incredible. I love having a newborn. It is just as rewarding and satisfying as the first time.
“I always knew that I was going to have more children, even though I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen. I just knew it would all piece together and it has. I couldn’t be happier.”
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