The Woman Who Has The Best Uterus In The World Become The Sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ Mum Of Babies Number 17 At The Age Of 15
BRITAIN’S most prolific sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ mum is hoping to give birth to her 16th and 17th babies at the age of 50 – and even though she’s been told by doctors it could ᴋɪʟʟ her.In January, The Sun reported that Carole Horlock had been warned she had to end her time as a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ because her body couldn’t cope with pregnancy anymore.
She had given birth to 15 kids – 13 as a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ and two of her own – and it meant she was more prone to ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. At the time it was thought she’d quit, but now Carole – who will be 50 – is trying for her 16th and 17th children. She had two embryos implanted at a Greek clinic this week, travelling to the country for the procedure as she knew UK doctors wouldn’t do it. She will know if she’s been successful in seven days.
Carole is trying to get pregnant for a couple in England. Not everyone agrees with her being a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ tough, and Carole has faced abuse from people who call her “evil” for giving the babies away. Carole made the decision to try for more sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ babies because of her age – 50 tends to be the limit for IVF in Europe.
She was approached by the couple two years ago, and it’s been a rocky road. The pair had been through devastating miscarriages, and then fell pregnant before IVF but lost the baby. At this time Carole was already helping another couple, but she also had a miscarriage. It made her wonder if she should stop sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴄʏ.
“Even though my IVF ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄɪᴀɴs said I had the best ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs in the world, I didn’t feel I could continue as a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ. [But] my mind was made up after I rubbed a friend’s very pregnant belly and felt, ‘Oh, I really want to be pregnant one last time. If I do become pregnant at 50, I’ll become Britain’s oldest commercial sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ and if it’s twins it will be my third multiple birth – I’ve previously had a set of twins and a set of triplets.” she saidAlthough carrying three babies seems overwhelming for many women, that was actually Carole’s favourite pregnancy.
“It was also the toughest as I lost two teeth, got terrible varicose veins and I was the size of a house!” she laughed.
Carole first became a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ in 1995 because she wanted to help childless couples. It’s not always been an easy ride for the mum though.
In 2004, she gave birth to a little boy for one couple but six weeks later it was discovered that biologically he was Carole and her partner Paul’s. The pair made the difficult decision to have him adopted by the couple.