Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder with their baby boy ‘Arman’. (Image Credit – Barcroft Media).
A 70-year-old woman and her 79-year-old husband in India are celebrating becoming parents for the first time after nearly fifty years of marriage.
Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month after undergoing two years of IVF treatment.
The boy weighed 2 kilograms at birth on 19 April and has been named Arman which means “desire”.
Mrs Kaur says she was not too old to become a first-time mother, adding that her life was now complete.
Mrs Kaur said she and her husband Kaur, who have been married for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child and faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.
“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,” she told AFP.
“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.
Mrs Kaur put her age at about 70, a common scenario in India where many people don’t have birth certificates, while the Haryana clinic which carried out the treatment said in a statement that she was 72.
Her husband Mohinder, who owns a farm outside Amritsar, said he was unfazed about their age, saying God would watch over their child.
“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,” he said.
Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with the treatment but tests showed Mrs 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,” the doctor told AFP.
The case is not the first in India, with a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state reportedly giving birth to twins in 2008, also through IVF.