63-year-old woman gives birth to a bouncing baby girl in Dubai


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 21 February 2017| 23 Jumadul ula 1438

After seeking successful In Vitro Fertilisation, the woman gave birth to a healthy 2.25kg baby girl

Dubai: In what is being claimed as a first in the UAE, a 63-year-old woman has given birth to a healthy girl in Dubai, a hospital said on Monday.

The baby was born at 7.30am on Sunday weighing 2.25kg and both the mother and baby were reported to be doing well.

Dr Jagaud Nirmala, specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist at Thumbay Hospital, said this was the first time she had such a patient older than 60. “The patient consulted the hospital in the 32nd week of her pregnancy after undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) in India. But I was very confident of handling the challenge as both the mother and child seemed fine after the initial examination.”

The parents of the baby — the Sri Lankan mother and her 61-year-old husband from Chennai, India — declined to disclose their names or other details. However, the woman said both she and her husband were overjoyed with the birth of their daughter. “My family and I am thrilled with this birth,” she told Gulf News on Monday.

Hospital sources added the woman who had two grown-up children from a previous marriage, had her last child 13 years ago. After getting married the second time, she underwent IVF to have this baby. The woman’s husband works in Ras Al Khaimah.

Dr Nirmala said: “It was a precious pregnancy for the couple. The expectant mother had gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia [hypertension during pregnancy] and placenta previa [wherein the placenta blocks the neck of the uterus making normal delivery impossible]. In addition, the baby was in a transverse position when she came to us in the 32nd week. I decided to let her keep the baby until the 34th week after which we were to conduct elective caesarean surgery on February 20. However, the patient got admitted on February 18 with bleeding so we decided to carry out the caesarean procedure on February 19.”

The new born was shifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital and was doing very well. “I think the baby is doing well as she had a good birth weight and no lung immaturity. My patient, the mother, is absolutely fit and can be discharged anytime,” added Dr Nirmala

Source – Gulf news