AMRITSAR, India – A 72-year-old Indian woman says her life is now complete after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.
Daljinder Kaur and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, conceived though IVF treatment, The Guardian reports.
“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now,” Kaur said. “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.”
Kaur says she and her husband have been trying to have a child throughout their 46 years of marriage.
They almost gave up hope, and had even faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.
“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,” she said.
When Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, met with the couple, he was unsure if he should go ahead with the treatment.
“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,” Dr Bishnoi said.
The doctor says he realizes some people may find IVF treatment for older women unethical.
“My point is if you put a restriction [on receiving IVF treatment] of 45 or 50 years, you will have to put a restriction on the males also. If they are talking about ethics, the [age] should be the same for both.”
The couple says they have family members who are also ready to help with the baby if needed.
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— The Guardian (@guardian) May 12, 2016
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Should a 70-year-old woman have gotten IVF treatment?
She just had a baby boy.https://t.co/QIX79kSIDS
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 12, 2016