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Tue May 10, 2016, 08:46 PM

72-year-old woman becomes first time mom thanks to IVF

Source: SF GATE

A 72-year old woman in India became a first time mom thanks to a controversial fertility clinic that helps women well-past menopause age become pregnant through in vitro fertilization.

Whether or not new mom Daljinder Kaur is the oldest woman ever to give birth remains to be seen, as she's not really sure how old she is. Kaur says she is seven years younger than her husband, who is 79. The two have been married for 49 years, and have remained childless - until now.

"We will raise him and give him a proper education," Kaur told the Telegraph. "I had faith in Almighty that I will have my own baby, and Waheguru answered my prayers."Waheguru is the Sikh term for God.)

After spotting an advertisement from the The National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, India, Kaur and her husband began to visit the clinic. With the help of their team at the clinic, the couple has been trying to conceive since 2013, and endured two failed IVF attempts before becoming pregnant last July. The fertility clinic has come under fire for encouraging older women to have babies.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/72-year-old-becomes-first-time-mom-thanks-to-IVF-7444457.php

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Reply 72-year-old woman becomes first time mom thanks to IVF (Original post)
Jesus Malverde May 2016 OP
houston16revival May 2016 #1
Nihil May 2016 #46
Doctor_J May 2016 #2
MissDeeds May 2016 #4
TexasMommaWithAHat May 2016 #8
Xithras May 2016 #31
wordpix May 2016 #43
Boxerfan May 2016 #3
Old Vet May 2016 #37
FLPanhandle May 2016 #5
JI7 May 2016 #6
irisblue May 2016 #10
Blue_Tires May 2016 #47
TexasMommaWithAHat May 2016 #7
smirkymonkey May 2016 #9
valerief May 2016 #22
PersonNumber503602 May 2016 #11
Nye Bevan May 2016 #12
beveeheart May 2016 #13
Egnever May 2016 #14
whistler162 May 2016 #15
Liberal_in_LA May 2016 #23
Crowman1979 May 2016 #16
Vinca May 2016 #17
Elmergantry May 2016 #18
wordpix May 2016 #44
Marrah_G May 2016 #19
Bayard May 2016 #36
alarimer May 2016 #20
Name removed May 2016 #21
FLPanhandle May 2016 #24
LanternWaste May 2016 #29
FLPanhandle May 2016 #33
forkol May 2016 #35
Throd May 2016 #34
Marrah_G May 2016 #41
zalinda May 2016 #25
Silver_Witch May 2016 #27
hamsterjill May 2016 #38
Delphinus May 2016 #40
wordpix May 2016 #45
peace13 May 2016 #26
KansDem May 2016 #30
enid602 May 2016 #28
WhiteTara May 2016 #32
Delphinus May 2016 #39
The2ndWheel May 2016 #42

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 08:48 PM

1. Does the baby

inherit extra wisdom from its septuagenarian mother?

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Response to houston16revival (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2016, 07:23 AM

46. Given that mother's decisions, the answer would clearly be "No".

 

What a sick & disgustingly selfish pair of individuals (and what a tragic orphan in waiting).

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:06 PM

2. And if the parents live a normal life expectancy, the boy will be an orphan at age eight

 

This act seems rather selfish

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:11 PM

4. I agree

 

Great for her, not so much for the child.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:16 PM

8. And if they live a much longer life

the child will be caring for them as a teenager and young man. Even with wealth, someone in the family has to be in charge.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:15 AM

31. Based on "normal" life expectancy, the kid will be on borrowed time from its birth.

The average life expectancy in INDIA is 63.5 years. The average life expectancy in Haryana, the state where this couple lives, is 66.2. Factor in the gender gap in life expectancy in India, and the average woman is dead before her 68th birthday.

The HIGHEST average life expectancy in India is among women in Kerala, which is just short of 78 years old. That would make the kid an orphan at eight...but they don't live anywhere near Kerala.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Thu May 12, 2016, 12:10 AM

43. My grandpa remarried late & fathered a baby at 70

He died a few years later. Baby grew into a fine young man. Luckily wife #2 had lots of family and our side took him under wing, too.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:11 PM

3. Ghad what a horrid idea...

I can't imagine any ethical physician performing the IVF on a elderly patient....

The other implications are un fathomable from a caring person-They are selfish & stupid-and sadly cruel to a possible life.

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Response to Boxerfan (Reply #3)

Wed May 11, 2016, 11:31 AM

37. Exactly what I was thinking,

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:14 PM

5. Who would want to die when their child is so young?

Sorry to be so judgmental, but these seem like very selfish people. More concerned about what they want instead of what's best for a child.

Pathetic people.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:15 PM

6. in India ? why not adopt ?

This is just bizarre to do it in a country with such high population .

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Response to JI7 (Reply #6)

Tue May 10, 2016, 10:16 PM

10. Indian laws do not allow an adoption if the parents are older then 45

I learned that from the BBC interview with the attending physician. I imagine the laws have not caught up with IVF yet.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #10)

Fri May 13, 2016, 08:01 AM

47. But they've been married 49 years?

perhaps they might have tried when they were still in their 30s?

Or does the baby not count if it isn't their genes?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 09:15 PM

7. Her body. And selfish.

Selfish. Selfish. Selfish. Selfish.

It's bad enough when an older guy has a child with a younger wife, but at least that child will likely grow up with one parent.

This is beyond lunacy, and should be against the law. I don't care what anyone says. It should be against the law.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 10:06 PM

9. Great, the poor kid is going to be stuck caring for elderly parents before he will

even be old enough to drive. These people are selfish idiots. Did they actually think this through?

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #9)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:12 AM

22. Sure they did. Me me me me me me me me me and finally mini me. You know, same as all the 72-yr-old

fathers that have ALWAYS been around. We now have more of them thanks to Viagra.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 10:36 PM

11. That seems a bit selfish.

I hope they're at least wealthy so they can hire nannies and whatever else.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 10:49 PM

12. I wouldn't want to be 94 years old going to my kid's college graduation (nt)

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue May 10, 2016, 11:19 PM

13. I am a healthy 72 and I cannot imagine

caring for a baby at my age.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 12:29 AM

14. Sheesh and I thought I started late.

 

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 04:16 AM

15. Well Tony Randall fathered two

children after the age of 75. 'Though his second wife was much younger when she gave birth.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #15)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:18 AM

23. And died when they were young

 

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 05:24 AM

16. Patton Oswalt mentioned this in one of his stand-up shows.



Science: We're all about coulda, not shoulda!

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 06:11 AM

17. She must be nuts.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 06:21 AM

18. Now, now

 

Lets not be moralizing....stop being so judgmental.

....If it makes you happy, it cant be that bad...

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Response to Elmergantry (Reply #18)

Thu May 12, 2016, 12:13 AM

44. Trump voters feel the same

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 07:27 AM

19. I think she is selfish

There is a very good chance the child will be either an orphan or nursing his elderly parents before he can even vote.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #19)

Wed May 11, 2016, 11:23 AM

36. Maybe that's what they had in mind

To have a built in caregiver, and someone to leave their fortune to.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 07:34 AM

20. I can't recall any man who fathered children at that age being called selfish.

Don't the same rules apply? i mean, the kid would (presumably) have to care for an elderly father.

The criticism seems a big strong and pretty sexist.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #20)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:20 AM

24. No it's not sexist, it's because both parents are old

If she was having a child with a 35 year old man, then the child wouldn't be a orphan before leaving elementary school.

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #24)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:44 AM

29. I'd rationalize it as such too if my bias depended on it.

I'd rationalize it as such too if my bias depended on it. No doubt, we all like to pretend we know what's best for others... and no doubt, we'll justify it as absurdly as possible to prevent the possibility that we're not as clever as we pretend to be.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #29)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:33 AM

33. No rationalization needed.

There is no rationalization required to observe the fact the child will be an orphan at an early age.

Your post says more your thought process when confronted with that simple fact.

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #24)

Wed May 11, 2016, 11:08 AM

35. Agreed.

How do we know it's not these younger wives that want the child?

I actually think that's the case more often than not. If they really didn't want a baby, then I think they know how to NOT have one. Hell, they can even lie!

"Uh, I can't seem to get pregnant. Could it be because of your age, honey?"

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Response to alarimer (Reply #20)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:39 AM

34. I think the same rules apply.

I can think of lots of male celebrities who had children past their 60's. I always considered them selfish.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #20)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:31 PM

41. It's because both parents are so old that it is selfish

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:34 AM

25. Maybe I am the only one who has a different take on this situation

Yes, I think it's selfish, but for a different reason. We don't need another child in this world. If they are wealthy enough to afford to have IVF, they are wealthy enough to travel to another country and adopt, if it is not allowed in India.

We need more people on this planet like we need another hole in our head. I know that there are some women who are so fertile that it becomes almost impossible, in the past. My mother could name each failed birth control method with each of her 6 kids, until the birth control pill was developed and she was done with child bearing. Today there is no reason why someone should have 19 or more kids and be celebrated for it. The days of having a lot of kids in the hopes of a couple of them making it to adulthood is long past.

Z

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Response to zalinda (Reply #25)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:38 AM

27. This! And super this!

 

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Response to zalinda (Reply #25)

Wed May 11, 2016, 12:08 PM

38. I agree with your post.

How wonderful would it have been had they adopted a needy child? Perhaps an older child.

No, I don't think that someone having 19 or more kids should be celebrated.

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Response to zalinda (Reply #25)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:10 PM

40. Ooh,

I should have read this before posting - I totally agree with you!

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Response to zalinda (Reply #25)

Thu May 12, 2016, 12:15 AM

45. +10000 exactly ^^^^

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:37 AM

26. She better hang tough!won't be easy going to a parent teacher conference at 89!

 

Not sure this was well thought out but thankfully it's not my life to decide.

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Response to peace13 (Reply #26)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:52 AM

30. But just think...

She'll be 90 when she attends her child's high-school graduation!

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 09:41 AM

28. I'm not sure she'll be up for the demands of rearing a child

if she's not even sure how old she is.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 10:31 AM

32. Sounds like a recipe for a tragedy.

Baby orphaned at an early age and an exhausted new mother in her 70s.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed May 11, 2016, 08:09 PM

39. Why?

Just why?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2016, 12:01 AM

42. Humans don't like limits

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