At age 66, Adriana Iliescu was ready to give up on becoming a mother as it seemed such a role wasn’t meant to be within her lifetime. However, on January 16, 2005, everything changed.
Adriana was born on May 31, 1938, which means she’ll be 84 in 2022. While most people close to her age are enjoying a slower life during their retirement years, such as spending quality time with their grandkids, Adriana is currently raising a teenager!
Adriana, who works as a Romanian university teacher, children’s book author, and philologist, entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005 when she gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Eliza when she was 66 years old.
Eliza came into the world at Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest, Romania. But, while she is Adriana’s biological child, she’s not her genetic child, as Eiza was gestated in Andriana’s womb and conceived thanks to donated sperm and ovum. Thanks to the in-vitro fertilization process, Andriana was finally able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a mother.
After giving birth to Eliza in 2005, Adriana’s world record for being the oldest person to give birth was broken the following year by Maria Del Carmen Brousada de Lara. However, her story still draws lots of widespread media attention worldwide as the mom continued to share snapshots of her life as a mom while raising a little girl.
Today, Adriana and her daughter live happily and have even discussed how they are preparing for the future as Adriana continues to grow older.
The Daily Mail reported in 2008 that Adriana and her daughter were supporting themselves off of a pension of just over $280 a month, along with extra money Adriana made working as part-time university professor. While she didn’t have close friends or family to help raise Eliza, Adriana had the support of the child’s godfather — the IVF doctor who helped make everything possible.
As a woman who prepared to give birth at the age of 66, Adriana was well-prepared for motherhood, even in her older years:
“I’m fit and healthy and I’ve never had any illnesses,” she said. “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink. If I live as long as my parents did, Eliza will be 20 by the time I pass away.” However, Iliescu said that she thinks she still has “a lot to give her.”
While there are times Adriana is called “granny” by strangers, when she’s out with her daughter, she says she’s “never suffered any prejudice.” The mom also added:
“In Romania, people who have children are very admired.”
Adriana admitted, however, that it isn’t easy being a mom, but she’s happy to have finally realized her dream.
“I always wanted a child, but I was so busy, I never had a partner,” Iliescu explained.
Today, into her 80s, Adriana says that motherhood has been a very rewarding experience.
“Having a child is a wonderful thing. To think that you haven’t lived for nothing.”
And at the age of 17, Eliza is eagerly looking forward to her first year of college.
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