Sixty-four-year-old Sarala Srivastava had been waiting for long - 41 years to be precise - for the miracle. The long wait finally ended last month with Sarala delivering a baby girl, a feat that made her a proud member of a select 60-plus mothers club from across the world.
Sarala got married in 1972 and since then had been waiting to conceive a baby, desperately.
When she failed to conceive for more than five years after her marriage, the couple consulted a doctor in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, who in turn explained to them that natural pregnancy was not possible in her case as she had some complications.
In spite of undergoing a surgery, the problem could not be rectified and she decided to have the baby through the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique, wherein an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body in a lab.
She underwent her first cycle of IVF in 1988, which was a failed attempt. The disheartened couple did not make any further attempts to have a baby until last year. Twenty-three years had already passed since her last attempt at the IVF procedures but doctors decided to take another chance as the couple seemed really determined to try one more time.
“She came to us with a 10-week-old pregnancy. I hadn’t seen such case before and had no example to fall back upon. We only followed the physiology of pregnancy to treat her. The chances of a still birth were high as she was suffering from high blood pressure. We put her on medicines and hormone therapy to avoid any complications,” said Dr Sula Ray Prasad, consultant gynaecology and obstetrics and infertility specialist at Adiva Super Speciality Care.
Srivastava developed complications in the 32nd week, and had to be operated upon. The baby, which weighed a mere 1.5 kilos at birth, is doing fine after being kept in the intensive care for almost two weeks.
Only after the baby showed signs of recovery, doctors shifted her to the mother’s side on Tuesday. The couple has decided to name their child Durga, which means the invincible.