An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 72 after undergoing fertility treatment at a controversial IVF clinic.
In May 2016, Kaur and her husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, had long wanted a child. 46 long years, to be exact. So when they found an advertisement for in-vitro fertilization (or IVF) in a clinic, the immediately wanted to try it. As it turned out, IVF is surprisingly common and inexpensive in India as there are no real regulations that govern the practice. So if in other countries, no sane doctor would approve of Kaur and her 79-year-old husband’s request, it was not a big deal in their country. In fact, there is an increasing rate of post-menopausal births in India as the boom of IVF continues.
When asked about the conception, Kaur had this to say:
“Every one asked me to adopt a baby but I never wanted to. Now I have my own child. We will raise him and give him a proper education. I had faith in Almighty that I will have my own baby, and Waheguru (Sikh term for God) answered my prayers,”
Kaur, through caesarian section, delivered a healthy baby boy at the National Fertility Centre in Haryana state; the leading facility in India that offers fertility treatment to women who are decades beyond menopause.