A woman spent a long time trying to have her own child, but all her efforts were in vain. She was over the moon when her lifelong dream finally came true, but something heart-wrenching soon overshadowed her happiness.
Some of the most worthwhile things in life might take a long time to come into play. Interestingly, they're worth the wait because they change our lives for the better, inspiring a profound sense of belonging and ecstasy.
An older woman experienced something similar when her heartfelt wish was fulfilled after a long wait. But was it everything she hoped and prayed for? Take a look at the full story below.
A HEARTFELT WISH
Like any woman, Atifa Ljajic yearned to embrace motherhood. She longed to hold a baby in her arms and live in a home that echoed with children's cackles. But the retired textile factory worker didn't know how long it would take for her wish to come true.
Atifa and her husband, Serif Nokic, tried to get pregnant for many years. They consulted doctors and medical experts, but nothing worked. The Serbian woman was on the brink of giving up when she learned something astonishing.
As her 60th birthday approached in 2017, she discovered she was expecting a baby through fertility treatment. Atifa shared she became pregnant through IVF in her fifth attempt, which was quite an unlikely scenario.
BECOMING A MOM AT 60
Although being pregnant at about 60 years of age might have subjected Atifa to undue attention, negative comments, and harsh remarks from people, all she cared about was becoming a mom and loving her child.
Like Atifa, a German woman was slammed by critics when she decided to have a child at 65.
On June 20, 2017, Atifa welcomed her daughter, Alina, in the capital of Belgrade and became Serbia's second-oldest woman to give birth. Her pregnancy was considered high-risk, and she spent almost three months in the hospital leading up to Alina's birth.
AN UNEXPECTED OCCURRENCE
Atifa also had health problems, including high blood pressure, but was still determined to become a new mother. Her husband, Nokic, admitted he repeatedly warned her about the dangers of carrying a baby at her age.
However, he went with the idea, although he initially opposed her pregnancy. But in a tragic turn of events, Nokic decided to leave his wife the day baby Alina arrived in Novi Pazar, in western Serbia's Raska District.
HER HUSBAND LEFT HER AND THEIR CHILD
But the nagging question was: what was the reason behind Nokic's sudden decision? The older man exclaimed he was too old and weak to handle the infant's cries and was afraid baby Alina might keep him up all night. Nokic further added:
"She [Atifa] got what she wanted, now she is happy. Above all, I am a sick man, I am 68, I am a diabetic and I have a weak heart. It is not easy not to sleep all night and to hear a baby's cry."
The older man explained that raising a newborn would likely strain him at an advanced age, and he wasn't ready to take the added responsibility. But according to sources, he wished his wife and daughter well and said he would try helping them from wherever he was.
IT WAS WORTH TAKING A RISK
The new mom described the day Alina was born as the happiest day of her life and said that the instant she first held her baby girl in her arms, she felt like a more satisfied woman. Atifa also stated:
"I knew it would be a big risk at my age, but my only wish in my life was that I have a child, and it happened to me. I was not afraid of my life at all, God gave me courage. I have never felt better."
RAISING HER DAUGHTER ALONE
"Whatever happens, whether Serif stays or leaves, I will fight to raise Alina the best way I can and to put her on the right way. I will live only for her. I know that it will not be easy but I still believe there are good people who will want to help me."
A STRONG AND DETERMINED WOMAN
Atifa, who spent more than 20 years trying for a baby, revealed that she was determined to raise her daughter in the best way possible. Despite being a pensioner and having very little money, she was hopeful that things would work out for the better.
THE DECISION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
Like Atifa, a German woman was slammed by critics when she decided to have a child at 65. Annegret Raunigk from Spandau, Berlin, Germany, was a retired primary school English and German teacher and a single mom to 13 children.
Much to her surprise, she conceived through IVF and was pregnant with quadruplets. People heavily criticized her decision, but she chose to focus on raising her family right. In May 2015, the older woman welcomed three boys and one girl and was on cloud nine.
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Undoubtedly, it's strong and independent women like Atifa and Raunigk who continue to inspire others to stand by their individual decisions no matter what. We hope you enjoyed reading these stories, and we'll be looking forward to your valuable feedback.
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