Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woman, 56, Appeals for Egg Donor for IVF Treatment; AGE CONCERN SAYS GRANDMOTHER'S BID TO HAVE BABY IS UNFAIR ON THE CHILD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woman, 56, Appeals for Egg Donor for IVF Treatment; AGE CONCERN SAYS GRANDMOTHER'S BID TO HAVE BABY IS UNFAIR ON THE CHILD

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

A 56-YEAR-OLD grandmother is appealing for an egg donor so she can have a fourth child.

Priscilla Eatwell and her husband Don, 69, have put adverts in shop windows and in newspapers, urging: "Could you give the gift of life and be our egg donor?"

Mrs Eatwell, who was sterilised 32 years ago, already has a 13-year-old daughter, Sophie, conceived with the help of IVF.

Now she says her quest to have one last child in the same way "is on my mind all the time".

After being turned away from British IVF clinics for being too old, she found a specialist in Italy willing to carry out the procedure if a donor is found.

However, bosses at the charity Age Concern fear a child in such a position could face bullying because of his or her parents' age, or could even find themselves caring for parents at a very young age.

Mrs Eatwell, from Botley, near Southampton, who has two more daughters in their thirties from her first marriage, said she must have treatment before she enters the menopause. "I'm really in a hurry to find a known egg donor who will help me. I want this baby so much.

"The success rate for IVF with me is quite good, otherwise the Italian specialist wouldn't say he would do it. But obviously my time is running out and if a donor doesn't come forward soon, it will be too late."

Her "snap decision" to be sterilised at 24 proved to be the biggest mistake of her life, she said. "I didn't think I might make another decision years down the road."

Sophie was conceived using one of Mrs Eatwell's own eggs.

Three years ago, Mrs Eatwell began the search for a clinic to help her again.

"I went to my local IVF clinic and I was past their age limit of 50," she said. In London a clinic with an age limit of 55 agreed to treat her. But two years of searching for a donor was in vain, and Mrs Eatwell passed the age barrier. …

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