Indian woman, 63, delivers healthy test tube baby

MADRAS: A 63-year-old Indian woman yesterday delivered a heal-thy test tube baby at a fertility clinic in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after remaining childless for 47 years of marriage, a doctor said. 

The baby boy weighing 2.25kg was born to Papathiammal and her husband Subramaniam, 74, a rural farmer, through a caesarian section, the doctor said. 

The chairman of the Maruti Medical Centre, M.N. Sadasivam, said his obstetrician-wife Nirmala performed the operation to deliver the baby shortly after noon. 

Barring “very minor” diabetes and hypertension associated with age, Papathiammal had no problems throughout her pregnancy and the delivery, doctors said. 

The clinic is located in the textile town of Erode, 400km from here. 

The couple volunteered to join the in-vitro fertilisation or “assisted reproductive technique,” which uses the husband's sperm to fertilise an egg donated by a woman relative in a test tube, the doctor said. 

The fertilised egg was then implanted in Papathiammal's womb and it grew into a healthy embryo, he said. – AFP

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