A London woman managed to give birth after getting her fertility restored with frozen ovary tissue. The 24-year-old woman recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy at a London private hospital.
Moaza Al Matrooshi was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder when she was but a child herself. Before commencing chemotherapy, doctors advised her to froze a sample of her ovary tissue. That was the only way she could have made sure that she would be able to carry a child when the time came.
Last year, Matrooshi decided that it is time to become a mother, so she had the healthy frozen tissue transplanted. It only took a couple of months for her to get pregnant after she got her fertility restored.
While the operation is not that uncommon, the doctors that handled Matrooshi’s case were nervous because the ovarian tissue was sampled before the patient reached puberty. However, the tissue responded according to plans, and Matrooshi was able to produce fertile eggs.
Helen Picton, the doctor in charge of the freezing, declared that the woman’s case is the first success registered in pre-pubertal sampling. Matrooshi is delighted that she was given the opportunity to become a mother and experience the wonders of pregnancy,
When she was little, Matrooshi was diagnosed with beta thalassaemia, a rare, life-threatening disorder that affects hemoglobin production. Before getting a bone marrow transplant, she had to undergo a couple of rounds of chemotherapy.
The treatment led to the onset of premature menopause, the woman becoming infertile in her early twenties. After she had her fertility restored, Matrooshi’s hormone levels went up. Then, her ovaries started releasing viable eggs.
The chairman of the British Fertility Society declared that Matrooshi’s case is a groundbreaking achievement as the woman proved that fertility preservation could help young women overcome the devastating effects of cancer treatment.
Moreover, now that researchers found that ovaries frozen before the patient reaches puberty work as good as those who are taken after the onset of puberty, they can help more girls keep their dream of someday becoming mothers.
Now that cancer treatments offer a considerable recovery prospect, researchers are looking into ways of making the life of cancer survivors as normal as possible. Moreover, what could be more fulfilling than a woman holding her newborn child?
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