Monday 23 April 2018

‘My life feels complete now’: woman gives birth to first baby at 70

Meadhbh McGrath

An Indian woman who gave birth for the first time at the age of 70 has said her “life feels complete now”.

Daljinder Kaur and her 79-year-old husband Mohinder Singh Gill welcomed their first child last month following two years of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

The couple had travelled from their home in the northern city of Amritsar to the National Fertility and Test Tube centre in Haryana to receive the treatments.

They have been married for 46 years and said they had almost given up hope of having a child.

“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now. I am looking after the baby all by myself, I feel so full of energy. My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can,” she told AFP.

“When we saw the (IVF) advert, we thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own.”

As many people in India do not have birth certificates, Ms Kaur did not know her exact age, but placed it at 70 years old, while a statement from the fertility clinic said she was 72.

The baby, named Armaan, was conceived using the couple’s own egg and sperm and weighed just 44lbs when he was born on April 19. He is now “healthy and hearty”, the National Fertility and Test Tube centre said.

Mr Kaur owns a farm outside Amritsar, and said he was not concerned about the couple's age.

“People say what will happen to the child once we die? But I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,” he said.

Dr Anurag Bishnoi, embryologist and owner of the fertility clinic, explained that he was initially sceptical about the procedure, until tests showed Ms Kaur was fit to conceive.

“I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail. Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were okay we went ahead,” he said.

A similar case saw a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh in India give birth to twins in 2008, also with the help of IVF.

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