After more than 40 years of prayers and medical treatment, an Indian woman says her life is now complete thanks to the birth of her first child. With the help of IVF treatment, 70-year-old Daljinder Kaur just became a mother for the first time, giving birth to a baby boy, whom she named Armaan.
Kaur had been trying to conceive a child with her husband, 76-year-old Mohinder Singh Gill, for the last 46 years. In a country where infertility is often seen as a curse, the couple have endured criticism and ridicule over the years for their inability to conceive a child. But more than that, Kaur told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that she just wanted to have a child of her own.
It was just two years ago that Kaur saw the ad for the IVF clinic and decided to give it a try.
Dr. Anurag Bishnoi, the head of the infertility clinic, said he was initially hesitant to proceed with IVF with Kaur because of her advanced age. “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,” Bishnoi told AFP.
Using the couple's own egg and sperm, Bishnoi used IVF treatment to help Kaur conceive. She gave birth to Armaan last month. Although the baby was initially just 4.4 pounds at birth, staff at the National Fertility and Test Tube Center told the AFP that the boy is now "happy and healthy."
Kaur and her husband are not concerned about their advancing years and don't think they are too old to raise the baby. The couple takes comfort in their religious beliefs when asked about their fate, and that of their new son. "I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,” Kaur's husband told AFP.