For women who struggle with fertility as a result of damage to reproductive organs by radiation treatment for cancer and other health conditions, a breakthrough procedure in the United Kingdom may offer hope and a new alternative. Moaza Al Matrooshi became the first woman in the world to give birth to a child conceived from an ovary that was frozen before she entered puberty. Before undergoing chemotherapy for a blood disorder at the age of nine, Moaza decided to have her ovaries removed and frozen. Years later, at the age of twenty-four, she was able to give birth to a healthy baby after relying on in vitro fertilization to restore her fertility using the frozen ovaries. Moaza believes her pregnancy and childbirth are a true miracle.
From The Telegraph, “Woman Gives Birth to Baby Using Ovary Frozen in Her Childhood in ‘World First’”
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“This is a huge step forward. We know that ovarian tissue transplantation works for older women, but we’ve never known if we could take tissue from a child, freeze it and make it work again.”