Grandfather, 67, has IVF baby on the NHS with wife half his age using his 11-year-old sperm (and he's had 12 heart attacks!)
Couple are 36 years apart in age but have been happily married for 11 years
11:35 GMT, 6 April 2012
A grandfather aged 67 who has survived 12 heart attacks almost had another one when his wife told him: ‘I’m pregnant.’
Malcolm Lawrence, a retired nurse, had been sure he was too old to have a child with 31-year-old Ann-Marie.
However, he agreed to take part in IVF treatment on the Health Service.
Happy family: Malcolm Lawrence , 67, wife Ann-Marie, 31, with their baby daughter born on March 10
And yesterday, 29 years after he first became a father, he was celebrating the birth of a healthy girl, Cerys-May, who weighed 7lb.
Mr Lawrence said: ‘It was a real shock. I still can’t believe it has happened.
‘There have been some people who say things like, “You are too old to be a father” and others saying my health isn’t good enough.
‘But I’ve proved them all wrong by giving my wife what she always wanted – a child of her own.’
He has grown-up children from a previous marriage and his only son Gavin, 29, has two children, Joshua, seven, and Holly-May, four.
Mr Lawrence said he had proved his detractors wrong by having a baby girl
Young at heart: Malcolm Lawrence (far right) in a band in 1965
Mr Lawrence, who lives in Bridgend,
South Wales, and turns 68 on Sunday, met Ann-Marie when she was 19.
married 11 years ago and soon started trying for a child, but he was
unable to father a baby naturally and she was too young to have IVF. But
he did give a sperm sample, which was kept at a Cardiff hospital for
Last year the couple finally started a course of IVF and Mrs
Lawrence became pregnant first time.
‘All the staff in the clinic and on the maternity ward were brilliant,’
said Mr Lawrence. ‘They didn’t mention my age and it was not a problem.
‘Now we might try to have another one in a year’s time. We are allowed two cycles with the IVF treatment.’
Malcolm, pictured (right) on holiday in 1991 said having a baby with wife Ann-Marie has given him a new lease of life
Mr Lawrence, who has a bad back and a lung disorder, added: ‘I’ve had 12 heart attacks so I’ve been trying to take it easy. But now I’m having a new lease of life with my baby.’
His wife said: ‘I’m not bothered about the age difference and I try not to worry about the future too much. I’m just happy to have a daughter.
‘Some people may criticise, but we are happy. Cerys-May will have all the love in the world.’
Son Gavin said: ‘We are very happy for them – over the moon to have another baby in the family.’
Mr Lawrence’s GP Dr Stephen Madelin, who referred the couple for IVF treatment, said: ‘There is no reason why a couple with that kind of age gap should not be able to produce a child normally so I was happy to make a referral in this case.’