‘Call it a miracle’: Woman believed to be 70 gives birth to first child in India

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A woman who is believed to be around 70 years old has successfully given birth to her first child through a “miracle” IVF procedure in western India.

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Dr Naresh Bhanushali, a gynecologist from Bhuj city of Gujarat state told Granthshala That she had successfully carried out the procedure of Jivuben Vallabhai Rabari and gave birth to their child on 9 September.

“This is a rare case, you can call it a miracle. I have been practicing for 20 years and have done over 1,000 IVF treatments but I have never seen such a case. Though we are happy that the case was successful, we urge people not to attempt pregnancy in their old age,” said Dr Bhanushali.

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Hospital admission records, viewed Granthshala, did not list a date of birth for Ms. Rabari as she does not have a document to prove her age such as a voter ID or a birth certificate – a common issue in rural India. However, doctors said that he has given his age as around 70.

Ms Rabari, a milk farmer from Rapar village, located about 100 km from Bhuj, urged doctors to look beyond her age and treat her as she was so desperate to have a baby.

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“I told her she is very old and it is very dangerous for your health, but she did not listen. Dr Bhanushali, who oversees the procedure at Harsh IVF Center and Bhanushali Nursing Home in Bhuj, said she finally started crying and said, ‘Even if I die, I will be happy that at least I tried to have a baby. .’

Bhanushali said Ms Rabri had contacted her about a year and a half ago, when four of her family members had successfully conceived through the IVF treatment she had done.

“I explained that all those family members were between 45-50 years old so IVF treatment was possible. I tried to give her negative counselling, telling her that she might even lose her life, but she was so emotional that I finally gave up,” he said.

To conduct the procedure, doctors first enlarged her uterus and gave her hormone treatments to start menstruating, as Ms. Rabari had been post-menopausal for more than 20 years. Then doctors transferred a single embryo using IVF.

Bhanushali said, “In routine IVF treatment we transfer multiple embryos but in her case we transferred only one as her uterus would not be able to handle much.”

A blood test done 15 days later showed that she had successfully conceived.

“The baby developed properly without any anomalies. But in the eighth month, her blood pressure was high, and we decided to give birth a month back,” said Dr Bhanushali.

Both the procedure and the post-operative care went smoothly without any complications. The baby, named Lalo, was kept in the NICU for 15 days, after which both mother and child were allowed to go home.

“We were worried about what would happen to the child if Ms Rabari died. But his family members and several members of his village came and assured me that if anything happened to the patient they would take care of the child,” said Dr Bhanushali.

Doctors said that while they had taken extreme care to monitor her hemoglobin, and critical care specialists, including cardiologists, were brought in to ensure no complications arise, the successful birth remains an exception.

“Although we took the utmost care, I must say she was lucky and we were lucky that the procedure was successful,” he said.

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