Mumbai Parents Who Have Lost Kids opt for IVF
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20 February 2011
By Somita Pal
The grief of losing a child is insurmountable, more so when one loses a child to an accident. However, couples, whose children died in calamities, are shying away from adopting children. Instead, they are opting for IVF in the hope that the new life would either resemble or turn out to be like their child.
Asha Bhuptani, a resident of Andheri, lost her only daughter in 2009. "She was playing in the garden when she got electrocuted and died. I couldn’t get over the grief. We didn’t want to adopt. That is when we decided to go for IVF. In very first attempt, the IVF was successful. I am now a proud mother of a 6–month–old baby girl. I have named her after my first daughter Surabhi."
Naina Javeri, 64, lost her 20–year–old daughter to a car accident 14 years back. "She was our only daughter. We thought of going for IVF. After seven attempts I got a girl child," said Naina, resident of Zaveri Bazaar.
Dr Jatin Shah, infertility expert said, "They prefer IVF to adoption as they feel they will get back the child they lost. I had a couple who lost their son in 26/7 deluge. He was trapped in the car.The couple came for IVF and now they are proud parents of twins."
Talking about IVF trends in Mumbai, Dr Shah said, "There is an increasing awareness about IVF. These days if the couple is not conceiving within one or two years' time, they consult us for IVF."
Increasingly, even single women prefer to go the IVF route to get a baby rather than going for adoption, which has some very strict laws in India, say city infertility experts.Doctors say women don’t mind bringing up babies alone.
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