The day of becoming a parent is etched into memory, an indelible moment as a new life is
welcomed into the world. A tiny being dependent on your care embarks on a journey of growth, and it becomes your duty to nurture and provide the best for their development.
In 2005, international headlines were made when Adriana Iliescu, at the age of 66, gave birth to her first child, daughter Eliza.
Adriana’s heart overflowed with joy as she cradled her newborn daughter, Eliza. Now, 17 years later, their story renews interest as new photos of Eliza grace the public domain.
A Transformational Day
The day of parenthood is one that forever changes an individual’s life. Those who have experienced parenthood unanimously agree that describing the moment of welcoming a child is nearly impossible.
The sight of that tiny, innocent gaze upon you is a feeling beyond compare.
A Historic Birth
Eliza Iliescu’s arrival in 2005 in Romania marked not only a personal milestone but also a historic one. Born to Adriana Iliescu, she was a part of history due to her mother’s extraordinary circumstances.
At 66 years old, Adriana Iliescu made history as the world’s oldest mother, a feat that earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Amidst the awe, Adriana encountered criticism for her advanced age. She candidly shared her experience and perspective on parenthood in 2010, addressing the public’s perception of her as selfish and too old.
“The mirror is unkind to women, but if we are talking about my energy then I feel like a young woman. I feel like I’m 27 and when I feel a bit more tired, I feel like I’m 37. I am healthier than women more than half my age.”
An Unbreakable Bond
As years passed, a strong bond developed between Adriana and Eliza, much like any other mother and daughter. Eliza, a bright and joyous girl, thrived under her mother’s care.
Despite the skepticism surrounding Adriana’s age, she remains steadfast in her assertion that she’s an excellent mother, providing for Eliza’s needs in every aspect.
“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. I think I still have a lot to give her.”
A Journey of Determination
Adriana’s path to motherhood was marked by determination. Stricken by medical issues during her early years of marriage, she had to undergo an abortion. Her husband left her at the age of 24, and she focused on her career as a professor.
“I couldn’t even think about a child, as I was working.”
However, at 57, Adriana’s hopes for motherhood were rekindled when in-vitro fertilization became available in Romania. Overcoming miscarriages, she persevered, standing strong in her desire to embrace motherhood.
A Gift from Above
Adriana’s determination bore fruit as Eliza was born, albeit as a lone survivor among triplets. Despite facing criticism from certain religious groups for her age, Adriana’s deep faith guided her.
Eliza, in her mother’s eyes, is a divine gift and an embodiment of Adriana’s unwavering faith.
An Everlasting Bond
In 2022, 17 years since that historic birth, Adriana and Eliza continue to share an extraordinary bond. Despite external misconceptions, their time together is cherished and fulfilling.
Adriana, now 83, continues to channel her love into her endeavors. Writing over 25 children’s novels, she remains active, both mentally and physically, and serves as a part-time professor in Bucharest.
Adriana also ensured Eliza’s secure future. Making a pact with the doctor who aided her in IVF, she secured Eliza’s godfather and legal guardian in case of her passing.
Eliza, a 17-year-old honor roll student, carries forward her mother’s legacy both academically and emotionally. With her focused dedication, she thrives in her studies, mirroring her mother’s strength and commitment.
A Remarkable Legacy
Adriana Iliescu’s journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and boundless love. Her story resonates as an inspiration, defying age and societal norms, and embracing the incredible journey of motherhood.