Woman, 59, gives birth to son

July 16, 2008 at 3:10 PM
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ROUND ROCK, Texas, July 16 (UPI) -- A 59-year-old woman has become the oldest known new mother in Texas after giving birth to a 5-pound, 11-ounce son.

Linda Smith, who gave birth Monday, told the Austin American-Statesman that learning she was pregnant last December was a "big shock." Smith has two children from a previous marriage and a step-daughter, all in their 30s. She and her husband, Steve, had a son who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2005.

"Some people might think we're trying to replace him, but we're not," Smith said. "We're trying to replace the holes in our heart."

The couple named their newborn Django, which they say means "I awake" in Romanian. They decided that the unusual circumstances of his birth justifies an unusual name.

Smith said that she and her husband, who is also 59, may not survive to see their son grow up. But they do not worry about the future.

"There's a lot of love in this blended family," Smith said. "We've given him the gift of life; he'll have us for as long as we're here."

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