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70-year-old gives birth to first baby

 The Hawk |  2016-05-11 05:58:53.0  0  Comments

70-year-old gives birth to first baby

New Delhi:�A 70-year-old woman who gave birth said on Tuesday that 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 Haryana with her 79-year-old husband. Kaur said the couple, married for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child. �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,� said Kaur, who is from 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. Kaur put her age at about 70, while 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 2 kg (4.4 pounds) at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube Centre said. Kaur�s 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. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,� said Mohinder. Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with IVF, but tests showed Kaur 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,� said the doctor. The case is not the first in India, with a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh reportedly giving birth to twins in 2008, also through IVF.

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