72-Year-Old Indian Woman Gives Birth Following In-Vitro Fertilization Treatment

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By US News

How old is too old to have a child?

According to new mother Daljinder Kaur, not 72.

Kaur and her husband, 79-year-old Mohinder Singh Gill, welcomed a child into the world last month through in vitro fertilization, Sky News reports.

“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now,” Kaur said, according to Sky News. “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.”

“People [wonder] 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,” Gill added.

Sky News reports that in India – where the couple lives – infertility can be viewed as a curse from God, and Kaur said she and her husband had been ridiculed for not being able to conceive.

The news outlet also says many people in India do not have birth certificates letting them know their exact age. Kaur reportedly said she was around 70 years old, and the clinic where she underwent treatment gave her age as 72.

“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 explained.

“I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail,” said Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, per Sky News. “Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were OK we went ahead.”

Sky News says that in 2008, a 72-year-old woman from India’s Uttar Pradesh state reportedly gave birth to twins, also through IVF.

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