65-year-old Jagdish Meena and his wife 64-year-old Chameli Meena’s world came crashing down after they lost their 31-year-old son in 2015. However, the elderly couple from Delhi did not lose hope and decided to have another baby with the help of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The couple was blessed with a healthy baby boy in March 2017. They named him Armaan. Jagdish Meena who has now retired from a top public sector company said that they make sure that they have regular health check ups so that they can take care of the growing baby. “We undergo health check-ups every six months to keep ourselves healthy and available to the child through his growing years,” Jagdish said.
It must be noted that they are not the only couple to have a child at this age, Dr. Anoop Gupta, director of the Delhi IVF and Fertility Centre, the place where Chameli had to undergo the IVF treatment affirmed that over 20 women aged above 50 went through this procedure in that clinic.
He further stated that if the women are physically fit and healthy she is eligible of undergoing the procedure. They also scrutinise the financial eligibility of the couple before taking up the case. He added that most of the elderly couple who have made the choice to have a baby at that age had lost their child in an accident or another tragedy. IVF is a process of fertilisation by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm outside the human body. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the woman’s uterus.
“Usually, menopause sets in at 40-45 itself. But many clinics conduct IVF by reviving the uterus through hormone replacement therapy and using eggs donated by someone else and sperm from the husband,” a doctor was quoted.
Source: Times of India
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