Husband 75, wife 70 blessed with their first baby 54 years after marriage

In a one-in-a-million case, a couple in their 70s became parents in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. The 75-year-old man and his 70-year-old woman were blessed with a baby after 54 years of marriage after they took help of In vitro fertilization (IVF).

The baby boy was delivered at the Indo IVF Test Tube Baby Center, the only registered IVF center in Alwar.

“About one-and-a-half years ago, Gopichand approached the fertility centre through his relative. Chandrawati and Gopi Singh Chandravati Devi live in a village close to the Haryana border near Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu. The couple also went to multiple metropolitan cities for treatment but in vain,” IVF expert Dr Pankaj Gupta said.

Gopi Singh, a former soldier of Nuhaniya village of Jhunjhunu, was shot in the leg in the Bangladesh war.

“Chandrawati was able to conceive nine months ago in the third attempt through IVF. While there was happiness, there was an element of fear also due to the advanced age of the mother. But finally, on Monday, she delivered a healthy baby,” the doctor added.

Both the mother and the child are doing fine and the weight of the child is about 3.5 kg.

A law was passed by Parliament recently which came into effect from June 2022. According to it, no IVF infertility centre will be able to provide treatment to women and men above 50 years. But the couple was lucky as the woman had conceived before the law came into force.