In what looks like to be the world’s oldest IVF mother case, Amritsar couple Daljinder Kaur, 72, and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, become proud parents after 46 years of their marriage at a Hisar-based fertility centre.
Kaur had two years of treatment at the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar. After two failed IVF cycles, Kaur finally conceived in July last year. They have named their son Arman, who is said to be a healthy baby.
Though the couple may have been celebrating their bundle of joy, IVF experts and gynaecologists in Bengaluru are frowning on the process, terming it completely unethical.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Registry (ICMR), the combined age of a couple aspiring for a child through in vitro fertilization should not exceed 100 years. But the combined age of this couple is around 150.
Doctors said that it sets unrealistic expectations among couples yearning for kids.
“The mother experienced menopause 20 years ago. There is no chance she could produce her own eggs. A man’s sperm at the age of 78-79 cannot be of fertile quality. This sends the wrong message to society, that anyone can give birth to a child at any age. We condemn such a practice,” says Dr Bina Vasan, past president of the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), Karnataka chapter.
According to Dr. Manisha Singh, an eminent Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, as a mother grows older, there are chances that she passes on comorbidity to the baby as well.
She said that the welfare of the unborn child should also be considered. “A mother in her 70s can face cardiac and bone-related problems that can affect the baby,” she added.
Another doctor said that it’s mere societal pressure which drove the senior citizen to become a mother.
Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the IVF clinic, had said the couple had suffered stigmatism for not having children and that “a person who is infertile is not given a piece of land or property by his father”.
Gill had taken his father to court to win the right to inherit land from his father and as a result had been able to afford the IVF treatment.
The oldest woman to give birth naturally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records is Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, who, after being refused IVF treatment in Spain, lied about her age to a clinic in America. She gave birth to twin boys at the age of 66.