First Test tube baby becomes mother!

Mumbai : Harsha Shah (29), India’s first test-tube baby, became a mother after giving birth to a baby boy at Jaslok Hospital on Monday. The delivery was carried out under the supervision of Dr Indira Hinduja and her team who had delivered Harsha’s mother at KEM Hospital in 1986.

Harsha had naturally conceived and gave birth to a healthy baby weighing 3.18 kilos at 10.36am on Monday through C-section. Divya Pal Shah, husband of Harsha said, “We are ecstatic that both the baby and the mother are doing well and I am looking forward to spend my life with both of them.”

Dr Kusum Zaveri, who is a part of both the teams, said, “Harsha has been in touch with us all her life. We meet and interact with her on a regular basis. It is but natural that she chose us to help deliver her baby.” Harsha’s mother, Maniben, had suffered from tuberculosis, which had permanently damaged her fallopian tubes. She was desperate to have a baby, and after explaining the new technique of In-Vetro fertilization (IVF) to her, she agreed to it immediately and few weeks later, Maniben’s pregnancy test came positive, said Dr Hinduja.

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Harsha’s pregnancy was smooth and uneventful which indicates that test-tube babies can deliver normally without any complications, said doctors. “There is no reason why test tube babies cannot conceive normally. In Harsha’s case, we had to do a C-Section because it indicated a breach presentation. Because of our bond with Harsha, she will always be special to us,” said Dr Hinduja.

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