Now the SECOND woman of 70 in India gives birth to an IVF baby

Posted on 1:26 PM by Sameer Shah

A 70-year-old woman has given birth to her first child, creating a milestone for herself and for medical science.

Mrs Rajo Devi, old enough to be a great-grandmother, brought her daughter into the world after IVF treatment at an Indian medical centre. Both are said to be doing well.

For her 72-year-old husband, Bala Ram, it was third time lucky, having failed to become a father in two earlier marriages.

But it is not clear whose egg and sperm were used in the successful treatment.

That's a secret the new pension-age parents are keeping to themselves, but they are happy to tell the world about their new baby.

'We've been longing for a child since we married many years ago, but it didn't work for us,' said Mrs Devi.

'For decades we've had to put up with gossip because we've remained childless, but those sad days are now over.'

Desperate for a child to put an end to the social stigma, the couple approached the Hisar fertility centre in Haryana state.

They were told that for Mrs Devi to become pregnant was a high risk - for both her and any child developing in the womb - but after numerous tests the doctors believed she would be able to stand up to the physical strain of pregnancy and childbirth.

All they had to do next was get her pregnant.

To everyone's delight, Mrs Devi was told the good news after her in-vitro treatment.

But will the new parents be able to cope with a youngster in the family? 'Oh, that won't be any trouble,' said Mr Ram. 'We have a large family and there will be plenty of helpers.'

Another 70-year-old Indian was reported to have given birth to twins after IVF treatment in July this year, while in Spain a 66-year-old Spanish woman gave birth to twins in 2006.

Dr Anurag Bishnoi, who treated Mrs Devi, said he did not envisage any future problems for the child or Mrs Devi - except, in the parents' case, old age, which could see the child orphaned in her early years.

That is when the extended family will step in and raise her, said the doctor.

'IVF has revolutionised the way infertility is viewed,' he said.

'It's no longer a social taboo or a divine curse, as many saw it. It can now be treated scientifically and stigmas are brushed aside.'

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