It’s how you feel in­side, says UK’s old­est mum, 66

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EL­IZ­ABETH Adeney be­came Bri­tain’s old­est mother in 2009 after giv­ing birth to her son aged 66.

The di­vorcee, pic­tured, had fer­til­ity treat­ment in Ukraine, us­ing a donor egg and sperm. She said at the time: ‘It’s not phys­i­cal age that is im­por­tant, it’s how I feel in­side. Some days I feel 39. Oth­ers, I feel 56.’

Mrs Adeney, manag­ing di­rec­tor of a plas­tics com­pany, first had fer­til­ity treat­ment two decades pre­vi­ously dur­ing her short-lived mar­riage to Robert Adeney. A source close to Mr Adeney said the mar­riage foundered be­cause of her all-con­sum­ing de­sire to have a child.

Mrs Adeney had her son Jolyon, mean­ing ‘young at heart’, by cae­sarean sec­tion be­fore re­turn­ing to work four weeks later. She left her baby in the care of a nanny at her £600,000 house in Suf­folk.

She said what she had done was ‘be­tween me, my baby and no one else’ and dis­missed the fact she had no part­ner or sib­lings to help her, say­ing: ‘I’m per­fectly ca­pa­ble of look­ing after my­self. I’ve done it for years.’

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