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60 twins: Rare case defies country's one-child policy

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A woman at 60 had twins in China, defying the country's mandatory one-child policy. The woman had the babies after having IVF treatments. She opted for IVF after her only child died...a daughter in her twenties in an accidental gas poisoning case in 2009. Sheng Hailin is reportedly the oldest woman in China to have given birth, according to a Radio Australia report published Dec. 24. She is now 63.

Limits are typically imposed on older women with IVF treatments since they are known to be less effective with age, the report said. A military hospital agreed to give her and her husband IVF treatments. Sheng decided to have IVF because she had battled loneliness from losing her daughter and wanted to break out of that by having another child. Being 60 and having twins is not something she planned on, but certainly happened in May 2010.

It was not disclosed why Sheng was accepted by the hospital for IVF treatments. Her circumstances are just unique enough to probably meet some type of exception, which China is not know to have much of when it comes to families having more than one child in their family -- a legislation strictly enforced for over 30 years now.

Giving birth at 60 to twins sounds almost unimaginable, but it probably did a great deal in helping Sheng Hailin overcome the inconsolable loss of her only child.

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