70-Year-Old Indian Woman Gives Birth To First Baby

An Indian woman who gave birth at the age of 70 claimed it was never too late to become a mother for the first time, and that her life was now complete.

Daljinder Kaur gave birth on April 19, 2016, to a boy following two years of โ’พโ’ปโ“‹ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana. After nearly five decades of marriage, Kaur and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, welcomed their first child.

โ€œI feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever,โ€ said Kaur.

Kaur said the couple, married for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child and hadย  ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘’ in a country where ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ is sometimes seen as a curse from God.

โ€œGod 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,โ€ Kaur told AFP from the northern city of Amritsar.

โ€œWhen we saw the (โ’พโ’ปโ“‹ ) advert, we thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own,โ€ she said.

โ€œEveryone asked me to adopt a baby, but I never wanted to. I had faith in Almighty and knew I will bear my child one day,โ€ The Times of India quoted Kaur.

Kaur guessed her age to be about 70, which is common in India, where many people donโ€™t have birth certificates, but the clinic said she was 72.

The baby was conceived using the coupleโ€™s own ๐‘’๐‘”๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š and was now โ€œhealthy and heartyโ€ after weighing just two kilograms (4.4 pounds) at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube center said.

Kaurโ€™s 46-year-old spouse, on the other hand, seemed unconcerned with their age. โ€œPeople speculate about what will happen to our children once we pass away. However, I have complete confidence in God. God is almighty and omnipresent, and he will take care of all of your needs โ€œAccording to the AFP news agency, he said.

Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially skeptical about going ahead within ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› (โ’พโ’ปโ“‹), but tests showed Kaur was able to carry the unborn baby.

โ€œI 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,โ€ the doctor told AFP.

Some critics worry that the coupleโ€™s story will give unrealistic expectations to other parents hoping to have children at a late age. But Farrell said while it may garner interest among older parents wishing to ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ through โ’พโ’ปโ“‹ she expects most wonโ€™t move ahead with such plans after being educated about the risks.

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 โ’พโ’ปโ“‹.

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