A 72-year-old Indian woman has reportedly given birth to a healthy child.
The Guardian reported that Daljinder Kaur, the woman, and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, had their son Arman last month.
She received IVF treatment, and it is the couple’s first successful pregnancy in 46 years of marriage. Kaur received donor eggs and two years of treatment before giving birth in the northern state of Haryana.
Kaur has said she’s about 70 years old, but some media reports say she’s 72. She doesn’t have a birth certificate.
“She has said she is five to seven years younger than her husband, and his birth certificate shows he was born on 12/04/1937,” Anurag Bishnoi, embryologist and owner of the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby center in Hisar, told the Guardian.
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Kaur and her husband, who is a farmer, said they lost all hope in having a child. “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.”
The baby weighed about 4.4 pounds.
In 2008, a 66-year-old Indian woman gave birth to triplets. And in 2006, a 70-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl.
“Our track record in handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and a battery of other tests to ascertain fitness levels,” said Bishnoi, reported the Hindustan Times.
“We started work within two months in 2013 but the first attempt failed, which is normal. After six months, another attempt was made and that also didn’t succeed. Finally, the third attempt was successful,” he said of Kaur.
In India, a full cycle of fertility treatment can cost as low as 100,000 rupees (approximately $1,500).
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, head of India’s federation of gynaecologists, told the Telegraph that Kaur’s birth is bizarre, describing Bishnoi as a “rogue doctor” and “repeat offender.”
“We condemn this totally. With science, you can make a 90-year-old person pregnant, what’s the big deal? The question is not about technicalities, it’s about ethics. Our responsibility to the patient. This man is an upstart, he doesn’t represent us. He needs to be banned.” “Not a good idea. It’s cowboy medicine,” added Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, who runs a Mumbai-based fertility clinic.
“Doctors are just out to show how much they can push the envelope. This gives IVF doctors a bad name. People think we’re irresponsible, doing stupid stuff.”
Bishnoi defended his patients’ rights. “Reproduction is a fundamental right. The government cannot prevent that,” he stressed.
“They want to prevent women over 50, but on what basis can they do this to their own people? They are not killing anyone, they are giving birth,” he said.