Mrs Arceli Keh, now 64, gave birth on 7 November, when she was 63, to her daughter, Cynthia. Speaking from her home in Highland, California, she defended her decision to have a child so late in life, saying: "I would do it all over again if the doctors would let me. My husband and I would love to have a second child.
"I intend to to be around for a long time. A number of people in my family have lived well into their nineties, so I've got very good genes. I plan on devoting every minute of my life to this little bundle of joy - and because I am retired I can do that, which some working mothers cannot do."
She and her 61-year-old husband Isagani, originally from the Phillipines, began trying to have a natural child when she was 47, soon after they married in l980.
The following year, she was told there was no chance of a child.
So, lying about her age, she signed up for in vitro fertilisation t the University of California in l993 - five years past the age set by doctors as an upper limit for the treatment, which cost pounds 20,000 and succeeded after five attempts.
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