A 55-year-old woman has become Britain’s oldest mother of triplets after giving birth to her three healthy babies, each weighing between 1.8kgs and 2.2kgs.
Sharon Cutts and her boyfriend Stuart Reynolds, 40, welcomed their sons Mason and Ryan and daughter Lily on the 21st of March.
The three babies were lovingly welcomed into the family, with Ms Cutts already having four grown-up children from a previous relationship.
Her new additions are younger than her grandchildren, but she says this doesn’t bother her. “It means they’ve got lots of playmates,” she told The Sun.
The couple sought help from a private clinic before having the procedure in Cyprus as the National Health Service will only perform IVF up to 42 years of age.
“I knew there was a possibility of multiple births because the doctor put four embryos in me, for a higher chance of conceiving.
“At the scan we were told there were three heartbeats. Stuart was shocked and I was in tears, crying with joy.
“The first thing I thought was: ‘Oh my God, how am I going to cope’?” Ms Cutts said when interview by The Sun.
The couple had to take out loans of $28,000 to pay for medical bills as there were problems with the pregnancy. At one stage doctors advised the couple that one of the babies should be aborted because of the risk of pregnancy at her age.
They refused this and Ms Cutts spent 11 weeks in Nottingham University Hospital prior to the cesarean section birth of the babies.
Although the hospital stay was long, Ms Cutts revealed that she did give herself Botox injections and had fresh hair extensions put in before the birth.
“I only injected a little bit, because really you shouldn’t do it while you’re pregnant,” she said.
“I sneaked out to get my hair extensions changed too. It was important to me to look my best for when the babies were born.”
It was a long and difficult journey to their birth, but Mr Reynlods says he is over the moon. “I was excited, and then bricking it. Now they’re here I wouldn’t change it for the world” he said.