AOL reports that the woman believed to the be the oldest mother in the world is dying just 18 months after giving birth to her first child.
Rajo Devi Lohan says she is suffering from complications after her IVF pregnancy and is too weak to recover. Lohan ,72, and her husband Balla, 73, are poor farmers who live north of Delhi.
They have been married for nearly 54 years and always dreamed of having a child. They took a loan for the $3,000 IVF treatment.
“I dreamed about having a child all my life,” she told the Daily Mail. “It does not matter to me that I am ill, because at least I lived long enough to become a mother.” ….
“News of a dying Lohan comes just short of year after the death of the former world’s oldest mom, Maria del Carmen Bousada of Spain. Bousada died in July of last year at age 69, leaving behind 2-year-old twins. Bousada had lied to a U.S. fertility clinic in order to get pregnant, telling them that she was 55 — the cut off age for in vitro fertilization — rather than 67 at the time of her fertility treatments.” …
“In related news, 66-year-old Bhateri Devi this week became the oldest woman in the world to have triplets. She had IVF at the same clinc as Lohan — the National Fertility & Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, which is also in Haryana.”
Lohan’s 60-year-old sister has moved in to help take care of the baby.
So I think this prompts lots of questions:
How old is too old to have IVF? Is it unfair to the child if you won’t be around to take care of them? What is going on at that fertility clinic if all these older women are sneaking in over the age limit? Should age matter in having kids? Is there anything a woman can do to satisfy her natural longing for children?
Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania