The Surprising Reason This 72-Year-Old Woman Just Gave Birth to Her First Child Will Leave You Feeling Unsettled
After 47 years of marriage, one couple has a major reason to celebrate: they just welcomed their first baby together.
Daljinder Kaur, who doesn't have a birth certificate but is believed to be 70-72 years old, gave birth to a son after undergoing fertility treatments for over two years. The woman from India, along with her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, were thrilled for the boy's birth after two failed in vitro fertilization cycles.
Little Arman Singh was brought into the world 20 years after his mother went through menopause thanks to donor eggs from a fertility clinic in India. Dr. Anurag Bishnoi, an embryologist and owner of the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre, told the Hindustan Times that Daljinder appeared to be visibly frail when she first came in for treatment, but after a battery of tests, including clearance from a cardiologist, she was deemed fit to conceive. "I never wanted to adopt a child as I was unsure if I would be able to love it like my own, hence I was keen to give birth to a baby myself," she told Barcroft TV.
This is the second case of a woman in her 70s delivering a baby at this fertility clinic. Daljinder is reportedly breastfeeding her healthy newborn and plans to continue as long as possible. "I feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever," Daljinder told AFP. "I used to feel empty. There was so much loneliness."
While her husband blames a long family feud as the reason the couple didn't pursue fertility treatments earlier in life, others question their timing. "Due to a family feud, we never focused on our dream to become parents," Singh told Barcroft TV. "In September 2014, my wife gave me an ultimatum and said she would go the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, Haryana, independently if I did not accompany her."
Bishnoi, who runs the IVF clinic, told the Guardian that "a person who is infertile is not given a piece of land or property by his father" and that Mohinder not only won the right to inherit his father's land in court, but the reason he was even able to afford the infertility treatments was because of the ruling.
However, it has also been reported that this family strife was the exact reason the husband and wife decided to focus on becoming parents at this stage in their lives. In a story written by The Daily Mail, Mohinder admitted that he and his wife decided on IVF as a way to end a 40-year legal battle over his father's inheritance. "My father was trying to deprive me of a share in his property on the plea because I didn't have a child," said Mohinder, according to The Daily Mail. "When this fight started, I was in my 40s, so my wife and I tried to have a baby but there was some medical complication."
Despite the reason behind this little boy's conception, Arman is a miracle baby born to two lucky — and elderly — parents.