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Indian woman gives birth to her first child at age of 70

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NEW DELHI — An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 70 after undergoing fertility treatment at IVF clinic, it was revealed Tuesday.

Daljinder Kaur gave birth last month to a boy following two years of IVF treatment at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana with her 79-year-old husband.

It is believed she is the oldest woman on the world to give birth— taking the mantle from Rajo Devi Lohan – who was also 70 when she gave birth to daughter Naveen following treatment at the same clinic.

Although her accurate date of birth is hazy, Mrs Kaur told doctors she was around seven years younger than her better half Mohinder Singh Gill, who is 79.

Kaur said the couple, wedded for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child and had faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.

Mrs Kaur underwent three rounds of in-vitro fertilisation treatment using anonymous donor eggs. She gave birth by caesarian section on April 19.

“God heard our prayers. 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,” Kaur said.

“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,” she said.

Kaur put her age at about 70, a common scenario in India where many people don’t have birth certificates, while the clinic said in a statement that she was 72.

The baby was conceived using the couple’s own egg and sperm and was now “healthy and hearty” after weighing just two kilograms at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube center said.

Kaur’s 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.

 

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One killed, two injured in jeep accident

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BAJURA— A jeep driver lost his life while two passengers sustained injuries in a jeep accident at Budhiganga Municipality in Bajura on Thursday.

The jeep (Se 1 Ja 543) en route to Martadi from Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality met accident after the jeep lost balance and fell some 100 meters off the road.

According to the Bajura District Police Office, driver Dhan Bahadur Saud, 40, of Tribeni Municipality died on the spot while Saud’s son Nawaraj, 22, and Kumbha Budha of Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality were injured in the incident.

The injured are receiving treatment at Bayalpata Hospital, Achham.

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