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IVF parents say age won't weary them

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 0 comments

Allen Cornall with mum Margaret and dad John. Picture: Simon Dallinger Herald Sun
Margaret and John Cornall were dubbed Victoria's oldest parents when they used advances in IVF techniques to have Allen on June 7, 1990. They were 50 and 55.

Ms Cornall, now 70, had already been sterilized and through menopause, drawing strong criticism from many in the community who claimed she had put her own needs above those of the child whose life she may not live long enough to share.

But as the proud parents watched 19-year-old Allen graduate from his first year of motorsport studies at Wodonga TAFE yesterday, they were keen to let the world know they are very much still around to support the son who has grown into a caring adult.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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