Indian test-tube tourism gets boost
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Indian test-tube tourism gets boost

Medical tourism could be the biggest drive to India's economy after IT, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 19:41 IST
Vijay Dutt

Reports about a British couple who flew to Mumbai for fertility treatment could give a tremendous boost to test-tube tourism to India.

This could be despite the fact that regulators in the UK have been expressing concern at the ethical and clinical risks involved.

Indeed, it is predicted that medical tourism in total could become a $2.3 billion business in the country in the next six years and it could be the biggest drive to the economy after IT.

According to a report in the Observer, Wendy and Brian Duncan had spent thousands of pounds over 18 years trying for a child, before they went to Mumbai for treatment, despite being cautioned by friends and doctors.

But with time running out for 39-year-old Wendy, they sold their shop to arrange for the money. They had previously borrowed £8000 for private treatment which failed.

The report said that India appealed to them because it had English-speaking doctors. It cost them £4000 in total, including flights and hotel stay for a month.

Wendy came back pregnant with an Indian baby as doctors were unsure about Wendy's own eggs. She was implanted four donated embryos along with two of hers.

Apparently, the Indian donated embryo was successful. They have named their dark-eyed girl Freya, who is now 10 months old.

They were quoted saying that although the clinic was in a shabby district, people there were prepared to spend time with them. The clinic claimed to have served many foreigners ever since they set up a website in 2000.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 19:41 IST