Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a baby boy at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana with her 79-year-old husband. The couple had been undergoing IVF treatment for two years.
Ms Kaur said the couple had almost lost hope of ever conceiving and felt ridicule in a country where infertility is looked on by many as a curse. They have been married for 46 years.
The baby was conceived using the couple’s own egg and sperm and was now “healthy and hearty” after weighing just 2kg at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube centre said.
Ms Kaur said she had seen an advert about IVF and both her and her husband decided to go for treatment.
“God heard our prayers,” she said. “My life feels complete now. I am looking after the baby all by myself, I feel so full of energy.
“My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can. When we saw the [IVF] advert, we thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own.”
Ms Kaur said she was aged around 70. However, the clinic where she had the child said she was 72. Uncertainty around exact age is a common occurrence in India as many people do not have a birth certificate.
Her husband. Mohinder Singh Gill, who owns a farm outside Amritsar, said he was unfazed about their age, saying God would watch over their child, whom they named Armaan.
“People say what will happen to the child once we die. But I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,” he told AFP.
Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with IVF for the couple on account of their age, but tests showed Ms Kaur was able to carry the baby.
“I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail. Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were okay we went ahead,” he said.
The case is not the first in India, with a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state reportedly giving birth to twins in 2008, also through IVF.