“Dear mama, I will miss you,” the mourning ad says. Martijn Bink, NOS journalist and cousin of Geessink, confirms to RTL Nieuws that she has died, but says that the family has decided not to make any further announcements.
They would like to say that everything is well organized with the care of Geessink’s daughter.
Ivf at an Italian doctor
The Frisian Geessink made big headlines in the Netherlands when she first became a mother at the age of 63. She was single and became pregnant through IVF treatments with fertilized eggs from younger women.
In the Netherlands, the limit for IVF treatment is 45 years, but Geessink went to Italy for her treatment, where she was helped by fertility doctor Severino Antinori.
“It was now or never”
Geessink said about her wish for children at the time in the AD: “It is a feeling that I have been so very long. At one point it was now or never again. And then I thought: now I will try everything to see if it is still possible, and I have done that. “
Geessink sparked a lot of discussion in the Netherlands with her pregnancy in old age. People wondered whether it is ethical to start having children at that age, partly because there is a good chance that her daughter would lose her mother at a relatively young age.
About this Geessink said: “Of course I have thought: I am so old in kindergarten and in secondary school fellow students will say: what do you have an old mother”, wrote the AD in 2011. “But parents never have the guarantee that they watch the child grow up. “
Geessink died on June 25 in St. Annaparochie. She was 72 years old. Omroep Friesland made a report about Geessink in 2011, shortly after giving birth. View the images below: