Surrogate mother with twins dies at AIIMS, doctors demand strict surrogacy laws

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Priyanka Sharma |
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Sep 29, 2019 3:43 PM STI

By Priyanka Sharma
New Delhi [India], Sep 29 (ANI): Dozens of doctors practicing at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi call for tougher surrogacy laws after 42-year-old surrogate mother 17 weeks pregnant of twins, recently died.
The woman is said to have a medical history, including tuberculosis, hydrocephalus and depression.
Restless doctors have pushed forward this demand in order to avoid such tragedies in commercial surrogacy through strong rules and regulations.
Additionally, they also published a case report in the latest issue of the RFP India Journal of Hospital Administration.
“The 42-year-old widow was referred from a private hospital (IVF center) to AIIMS for consultation regarding pregnancy-related complications. She was revealed to be a surrogate mother with a gestation period of 17 weeks carrying twins in exchange for monetary benefits and had concealed his medical history of tuberculosis, hydrocephalus and depression, ”said Dr Abhishek Yadav, assistant professor in the forensic pathology department of AIIMS, during a interview with ANI.
“The patient spoke about her history of antidepressant use and the AIIMS doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy (MTP),” he added.
“Before the start of the MTP, the patient’s condition worsened in the labor room because she had taken a huge amount of antidepressants. She was therefore transferred to the emergency room for treatment where she died. Her body. was brought to the forensic medicine morgue for post-mortem, ”said Dr Swati Tyagi, forensic expert at AIIMS.
“Therefore, the regulation of Surrogacy Law in India requires one hour. In accordance with ICMR guidelines which were followed prior to the approval of the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, it does not was not a suitable surrogate mother to carry the fetus, ”she said.
In order for a woman to be chosen as a surrogate mother, she must undergo a thorough medical and laboratory examination, provide a history of any medical conditions, a family history of any illness, etc. by the new bill on surrogacy, ”Tyagi added.
The popularity and usefulness of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) are on the rise due to an increase in the prevalence of infertility around the world. Surrogacy has become a popular alternative method for infertile couples, single people and even more professionals to have children.
Surrogacy is a legal arrangement in which a surrogate mother agrees to carry and deliver a child for another couple or another person. It can be commercial or altruistic depending on the factor if the surrogate is receiving financial benefits in return for the baby. Countries around the world are divided over the ethical implications of surrogacy.
India recently joined the group of countries banning commercial surrogacy and only allowing altruistic surrogacy after parliamentary approval of the Surrogacy Regulation Bill in 2018.
Health experts claim India has been a popular surrogacy destination around the world due to international standards of low-cost ART in procedures as well as the lack of defined rules and regulations for them. citizens, non-residents and non-citizens.
The lack of strict regulatory laws has been used by mediators and touts to financially exploit both future couples and poor surrogates. (ANI)


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