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A woman thought to be around 75 years old has given birth to a baby in India.
She is thought to have undergone in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in order to conceive. Due to her age, the baby was born prematurely and weighed just one pound and eight ounces at birth.
Prabha Devi was only 30 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Kinker Hospital in Rajasthan on Saturday night. The baby was initially put onto a ventilator machine after she was born, but that has now been removed and she is in a stable condition.
It is thought that the couple had been trying to conceive naturally for several years before turning to IVF. They'd previously adopted a child, but were desperate for one of their own, which is why they turned to medical science to assist them.
Dr Abhilasha Kinker, the gynaecologist and obstetrician who delivered the child, said: "Prabha Devi had come to our hospital 4-5 days before the delivery.
"We conducted Doppler sonography and found there were complications in her pregnancy so we decided to deliver the child through caesarean section.
"She was ill and old and we couldn't take chances with her and the child's life. She had already carried the child for over six months which was very surprising for her age.
"If we had not delivered the baby, she might have died in the womb."
The doctors at the hospital said that they couldn't be sure exactly how old the baby's mother is as she was not able to provide them with the relevant documentation. However, they noticed very quickly that the pregnancy would be difficult because she 'was very old'.
Oh, and her husband is 80, so that gives us a ball-park figure.
Dr Kinker continued: "She told us her age but showed no proof. She looked between 72-75. Her husband told us he is 80... It was surprising for me.
"Her age was a factor and then she was ill. She has one collapsed lung so it was a very challenging operation."
Devi has now been discharged from the hospital, but the baby is still in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit while her condition is monitored.
Kinker explained: "She is at neonatal intensive care unit. We are monitoring her. The mother cannot feed her unless she gains weight.
"She needs to be at least 3.3lbs to be allowed home from hospital. She is stable and recovering fast."
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