NEW DELHI: For 50 years, Madam Rajo Devi was childless.
But, the 70-year-old woman from India gave birth to her first child - a baby girl - on Nov 28, after receiving in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, media reports said yesterday.
'Rajo Devi and (her husband) Bala Ram approached the centre for treatment and the embryo transfer was done on April 19,' Dr Anurag Bishnoi of Hisar Fertility Clinic in the northern state of Haryana told the Hindustan Times. 'Both the mother and child are in good health.'
He said Madam Rajo Devi has become the oldest woman to have given birth and the first woman in her 70s to do so. Romanian professor Adriana Iliescu was to date the oldest to have given birth at 66 two years ago, while Spanish Maria Del gave birth by IVF treatment at the age of 67.
'Another woman of her age is reported to have delivered a child at Muzzafarnagar (in northern Uttar Pradesh state), but she was previously fertile,' Dr Bishnoi said, according to The Times of India.
Said Madam Rajo Devi: 'We longed for a child all these years and now we are very happy to have one in the twilight years of our life.'
The couple married in 1954, but Mr Bala Ram, now 72, had also married his wife's sister after 10 years of his first marriage did not result in children. His second wife also failed to become pregnant.
It was not clear whose egg and sperm were used in the treatment, but Dr Bishnoi said they used 'the usual intra cytoplasmic sperm injection technique which enables even poor quality sperms being used to create embryos'.
[As if India is short of babies. But yeah, it is lovely that a childless woman is finally able to have a child, but the whole event seems irresponsible. There is a time for everything and 70 yrs old is too old to have children. Is it fair to the child if the parents die in a few years? The doctors also seem to be engaging in scientific adventurism. Perhaps he wants to be able to mention at cocktail gatherings, "oh yeah. I was the man who impregnated a 70-yr-old woman."]