A 72-year-old Indian woman, Dalijinder Kaur, gave birth to her first child after two years of in vitro fertilization treatment. Kaur is among the oldest mothers in the world.
Daljinder Kaur and 79-year old Armaan Singh went through two years of fertility treatment at a clinic in the northern state of Haryana before giving birth a baby boy called Armaan.
The baby boy was born about a month ago after two previous unsuccessful attempts. The couple used their own eggs and sperm. Armaan weighed 4.4 lbs at birth and is “healthy and hearty”, said the National Fertility and Test Tube center. Kaur and her baby boy present no sign of future complications.
The newly parents decided to apply IVF at the Hisar fertility center in Haryana, India because they couldn’t conceive their own children during their 46-year-old marriage. They say that they’re happy to have a child of their own. Especially Kaur who said that she used to feel empty and lonely.
“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,” Ms Kaur said.
Armaan’s birth has become controversial
The whole situation has become controversial mostly because of Kaur’s age. Experts believed that she was too old for the pregnancy, not just because of health concerns, but also because of concerns about who will really raise the child as he grows.
Fertil expert, Sunil Jindal said that she considered unfair to carry on such a procedure in a woman who is over 60. She explained that is stressful for a woman he age to carry the weight of a child in her womb for nine months. But the most important question is how are parents going to look after the baby?
Gynecologist Anshu Jindal, based in Meerut, claimed that she tried to discourage women over the age of 60 from undergoing fertility treatment because it’s not an age to have a baby, she said.
The parents were asked about how likely is this child of being raised without his parents because their old age will leave them unable to look after the child or they will die and leave it without care.
“I have full faith in God,” Gill replied.
Source: The Guardian