Paralysed man becomes father
MODERN SCIENCE put smile back on proud parents of a baby girl after Test Tube procedure helped the man, paralysed waist down for the past 18 years, become a father.india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:10 IST
MODERN SCIENCE put smile back on proud parents of a baby girl after Test Tube procedure helped the man, paralysed waist down for the past 18 years, become a father.
India’s first test tube baby centre affiliated with GENK Institute, Belgium and the State’s first ISO 9001certified fertility clinic infertologists Dr Shefali D Jain and Dr Dinesh Jain told reporters here today that this is probably a first of its kind in the State.
The 36-year old patient Bhojraj Rajput said that he fell while repairing wires on an electricity pole on his farmland in village Dultaria, Pachor tehsil of Rajgarh district, when he was 18-year old and lost all sensation from waist down.
He was already married at the time and lost all hope of becoming a father, as did his family who accepted this as a play of fate.
He came to know about modern means of conception from Dr Shashi Gupta of Bhopal who used to visit the rural areas and on his advise got himself examined at the centre about one-and-a-half years back.
Dr Shefali Jain said that medical investigation revealed that his testicles were normal. Material needed for reproduction was extracted from his testicles through a syringe by performing the cytolysis method. The dead cells had started affecting healthy cells and were present in larger numbers than healthy cells.
The best quality sperm from the material collected were used for fusing with the egg cells collected from his 35-year old wife Savitri. The embryo was cultured in a petri dish and then inserted directly into the womb of Savitri thereby impregnating her. The procedure is known as the Percutaneous Epididimal Sperm Aspiration (PESA) test tube baby and costs about Rs 50,000.
The success of this procedure should also remove misconceptions in the general public regarding artificial means of insemination.
A beaming Bhojraj said that his wife gave birth to a girl they have named Jyoti on May 30 in Suyash Hospital and both mother and daughter are safe and healthy.
He said his wife was very upset after this accident and though being confined to a wheelchair he had devoted his life in helping his parents with the farming work and teaching children in his village. But the universal urge in a woman for motherhood always weighed heavily on his conscience because of which he was going to adopt a child until Dr Gupta came along and showed him the way.