May 11, 2016

    My life feels complete now: 1st-time mum


    AN INDIAN woman who gave birth at the age of 70 said yesterday she was not too old to become a first-time mother, adding that her life was now complete.

    Daljinder Kaur gave birth last month to a boy following two years of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana with her 79-year-old husband.

    They have been married for 46 years. She had almost lost hope of having a child and faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.

    "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," she told Agence France-Presse from the northern city of Amritsar.

    "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.

    The new mum put her age at about 70, a common scenario in India where many people do not have birth certificates.

    The clinic said in a statement that she was 72.

    The baby was conceived using the couple's own egg and sperm and was now "healthy and hearty" after weighing just 2kg at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube centre said.

    Husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, who owns a farm outside Amritsar, said he was unfazed about their age, saying God would watch over their child whom they named Armaan.

    "People say what will happen to the child once we die. But I have full faith in God.

    "He will take care of everything," he added.

    Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with the procedure.

    However, tests showed that the wife was able to carry the unborn baby.

    "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," the doctor added.