Woman becomes 1st to give birth using ovarian tissue frozen pre-puberty
When 24-year-old Moaza Al Matrooshi delivered her son in a London hospital Tuesday, she became the first woman to give birth after undergoing a procedure to restore ovarian tissue that was collected and frozen before she reached puberty.
“This is a huge breakthrough in the field of fertility preservation,” said Prof. Helen Picton, division head of Reproduction and Early Development at the University of Leeds.
Matrooshi, who is from Dubai, was born with a blood disorder called beta thalassemia. To treat the potentially fatal disease, she had to undergo chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant as a child.
In order to keep her fertility options open, Matrooshi’s right ovary was removed and frozen when she was nine years old. Picton froze the tissue in 2001.
“Her parents decided – very courageously – that they were very keen to do this. It’s a very positive technology. It’s investing in your child’s future, effectively,” said Picton.
According to Picton, the chemotherapy destroyed Matrooshi’s left ovary which kickstarted early onset menopause in her 20s. But when her frozen ovarian tissue was replanted in August 2015 in Denmark, she began ovulating again within three months.
“This catapults the only option for children who need these treatments to be able to safely have a family later in life and reverse the early menopause that is invariably induced by such treatments,” Matthews told Global News.
“I always believed that I would be a mum and I would have a baby,” Al Matrooshi told the BBC. “I didn’t stop hoping and now I have this baby. It’s a perfect feeling.”
Matthews said the couple still has one viable embryo in storage which could later result in another pregnancy.Follow @jennynotjen
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