When Hailin and her husband, Wu Jingzhou, lost their 29-year-old daughter in 2009 due to carbon monoxide poisoning, they were determined to have another child. Though China enforces the one-child policy, a military hospital in Heifei decided to give Hailin and her husband IVF treatment.
Hailin explained she wanted to have more kids to "survive and free [herself] from the loneliness." So the following year, in 2010, Hailin gave birth to twin daughters Zhizhi and Huihui, who are now three years old.
But with the newborns came new responsibility. Hailin had to increase her work schedule so that she could support her new babies instead of starting to settle down into retirement. As a result, she wasn't able to spend as much time with her young family as she would have liked. She explained to the China Daily that in one month, she could only spend about four or five days at home with her kids. "I'm 64 now," she said, "and my body is old."
But in the end, Hailin said it's all worth it. "For the baby girls, I have given out all I have," she said.
Because of the rare exception to let Hailin undergo IVF treatment at her advanced age, she is now the country's oldest mother.
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