After decades of trying to have a child Canadian Ranjit Hayer is the mother of two boys. The 60-year-old is one of the oldest women in Canadian history to give birth.
The boys were born in Calgary by C-section Tuesday morning. Hayer is recovering in intensive care and the twins are in the neo-natal intensive care unit.
The babies had to be born early because Hayer had begun to hemorrhage this week. Doctors delivered the infants and then had to remove her uterus. She is in the ICU because she required blood transfusions to become stabilized.
Her previous three pregnancies had always ended in miscarriages. This one has left her with some serious medical conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes. She also suffered placenta previa which was the cause of her bleeding. That condition required the woman to spend the last 4 weeks in hospital.
One of the babies is able to breath on his own with the help of special equipment, the other is not. Other than their premature lungs though the boys are doing well. They will be released from hospital when they are large enough.
Many are questioning the ethics in Hayer’s case. That includes the specialist in Calgary that helped her to conceive.
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“It all sounds very fine when this age group — isn’t it fantastic what medical technology can do, how we’re stretching the boundaries and everything else — but there’s so much more involved in this. It’s not just having the babies and being born,” he told CBC.
“There’s not just one generation gap here, there’s two generation gaps. They’re really what would be like the age of grandparents.”
Hayer had to return to her native India to have IVF treatments to get pregnant. She got pregnant with triples. One of the triples though had to be terminated because of medical reasons.
In Canada the cutoff age for IVF is between 45 and 50 years old.
“We need to think of this as the broader context, not just the individual circumstances here, as to what obligation is there in the Canadian health-care system or on the Canadian taxpayer to support the after-care for people who’ve received an initial intervention, at cost, somewhere outside of Canada,” she said Thursday.