An Indian woman in her 70’s has given birth to her first child after she and her husband, who have been married for 46 years, underwent IVF treatment.
The Indian woman whose name was given as Daljinder Kaur, believes she is 70-years-old. Daljinder Kaur gave birth last month after two years of treatment using donor eggs at the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, north of India. The couple have named their son Arman, who is reportedly a healthy baby weighing 4.4lb.
The Indian woman and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill had started the treatment after seeing an advert for the IVF clinic.
“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,” Kaur said.
Mrs Kaur also told AFP she had always wanted a baby of her own and her life feels complete now that she does.
“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 said.
Her real age cannot be confirmed as she does not have her birth certificate, which is common in India, but Mrs Kaur said she is between five and seven years younger than her husband, who was born in 1937.
Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the IVF clinic, told The Guardian Mrs Kaur could be as old as 72. He also said that the couple had suffered stigmatization for not having children and that “a person who is infertile is not given a piece of land or property by his father”.
Mr Gill had taken his father to court to win the right to inherit land from his father and as a result had been able to afford the IVF treatment.
Mr Bishnoi, whose clinic claims to have helped several couples in their 60s and 70s conceive, said he was initially reluctant to perform the procedure on the Indian woman due to her age and the fact that she looked frail.
However, a series of medical tests, including stringent cardio checks, showed she was fit and healthy, and the risk to her health of becoming pregnant was no higher than if she had been middle-aged
According to records, he oldest woman to give birth naturally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records is Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, who, after being refused IVF treatment in Spain, lied about her age to a clinic in America. She gave birth to twin boys at the age of 66.
Meanwhile, doctors have raised serious concerns over this recent unusual development.
Fertility expert Sunil Jindal who spoke to AFP raised questions about the future of a child born to elderly parents, as well as health issues for the mother.
“There are ethical issues. In my opinion it is unfair to do such a procedure on a woman who is over 60. The sheer fact that a woman in her 70’s has to carry the weight of a child in her womb for nine months is stressful. Then the question comes how are the parents going to look after the baby? That is also quite a task.”
Gynaecologist Anshu Jindal based in Meerut, who also spoke to AFP said she tried to discourage women over the age of 60 from undergoing fertility treatment, arguing that it is not an ideal age to have a baby. According to her, “it will take a toll.”
However, the couple are not at all worried about their age as they have complete trust in God to take care of the situation.
Also speaking to AFP, Gill said, “People are asking 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.”