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First Successful Birth From a Pre-Puberty Ovarian Transplant

The first successful birth after ovarian tissue transplant has occurred in Belgium after a woman diagnosed with sickle cell anemia had an ovary removed and frozen before menarche, according to Reuters. Removing and freezing the ovary was the only option for potentially preserving her fertility with the chemotherapy required before the bone marrow transplant she needed which eventually caused her remaining ovary to fail. Over a decade after the original procedure, the patient had the frozen ovary re-transplanted and successfully gave birth to a boy. This successful procedure has been praised for its potential to give children with serious diseases the opportunity to have a family later in life.

 

Read the article published by Reuters.