56-Year-Old Ethiopian Jew Has First Child after 30 Year Wait
The following is a translated excerpt from the article written by Meir Turjeman for today’s issue of Yediot Achronot.
“I am so excited that I merit to hold my baby,” said the new mother Tami Trona, who after years of trying, succeeded at the age of 56 to bring her first child into the world.
“I always wanted to be a mother, and I’ve been waiting for a child from the time I got married in Ethiopia, 30 years ago. I always dreamed about this. I wanted and I wanted and I didn’t give up,” says Trona, who made aliya to Israel in 1991. “After many efforts to become pregnant, I decided that the time had come to take a break. And I spoke with my niece about it, and she encouraged me and told me that it is forbidden to despair. Suddenly, after that conversation, I succeeded in becoming pregnant. My entire family was so excited, and there was great joy.” …
Shosh Abutbul, a midwife for 30 years, described her special connection with Trona. “I became very close to her over the last month [which Trona spent at Kaplan Hospital on bedrest], and I was with her during her C-section. Before the anesthesiologist got started, we put on Ethiopian music, and we even danced and laughed with her, in order to reduce the tension. I held her hand for the whole birth, and I felt like I was a member of her family.”
Abutbul says that the birth was special for the entire medical staff, “It’s not every day that we see a birth at age 56 at our hospital, this was one of the most exciting days that I’ve ever experienced in our department. I will never forget Tami’s tears of joy after the birth. She entered our hearts, and I plan to stay in touch with her when she returns to her home in order to assist her in all of the stages of learning how to care for the new baby.”
Trona explained: “I have no words to describe the dedication and kindness of the nurses and midwives, who for an entire month watched over my health and the health of my baby. I thank everyone who assisted me.”
With her son in her arms, Trona talks about the new love in her life. “When I heard the baby crying, I felt great joy and tremendous happiness, and from the moment I first embraced him I am full of joy. He is so adorable, this baby. I am so excited that I finally get to hold Satuta (a gift, in Ethiopian).