Shocking report: 72-year-old woman gives birth

Shocking report: 72-year-old woman gives birth

A woman in her 70s has given birth in India, but many question the ethics.

An incredible report has just come out of India: a woman at the age of 72 has just given birth to her first child.

Daljinder Kaur underwent two years of treatment at the National Fertility and Test Tube Bay center in Hisar in India, and has officially given birth via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), although not with her own eggs — her uterus would have stopped produced eggs at around 50, according to a Guardian report.

The eggs were donated by a young woman, although it’s quite impressive her husband was able to provide the sperm, as he is five to seven years older than her. The quality of sperm deteriorates as men get older, and that can affect their offspring. Authorities in the UK set the limit at 45 for sperm donors.

It is risky for a 72-year-old woman to give birth to a child, particularly when it comes to pre-eclampsia, or high blood pressure, which can kill both the mother and child. It happens when the placenta isn’t sufficient to sustain the child, so the body’s blood pressure increases to try to compensate.

There are many who question the ethics of such a birth, but it’s definitely an impressive first for medicine.



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