At CARE Fertility, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve their dream of having a family. There can be many challenges along the way – that’s why we always say that every case is different. That’s also why we’re always so proud when another IVF world first is achieved in one of our clinics.
On the 13th of December 2016, another incredible IVF first occurred at our London IVF clinic.
At the age of 8, Moaza Almatrooshi had her ovary removed and frozen prior to treatment for Beta Thalassaemia – an inherited blood disorder. This treatment involved chemotherapy and as a result left her remaining ovary only partially functioning, meaning Moaza underwent an early menopause at the age of 21.
Last year, doctors transplanted the frozen ovarian tissue back into Moaza in an attempt to give her a chance of conceiving a pregnancy with her own eggs.
When the doctors froze this tissue 15 years ago, scientists were unsure if it would survive long enough to be used. However, following the transplant Moaza’s reproductive hormones returned to normal levels.
Moaza and her partner Ahmed then underwent IVF at CARE Fertility’s London Clinic. We were able to collect 8 eggs, 3 of which were successfully fertilised. We were then able to use new vitrification technology to freeze these embryos, increasing the couple’s chances of success.
We’re delighted to report that Moaza gave birth to a son on the 13th of December 2016. As Rob Smith, Clinic Director at CARE London, said “Moaza has become the first woman in the world to give birth following the transplant of her own ovarian tissue removed before puberty. A significant event which should be celebrated”.
Firstly, we believe this case is an incredible example of how far IVF has come. In the 15 years since Moaza’s ovary was frozen, the success rates for IVF have improved dramatically allowing her to have an excellent chance of achieving a successful pregnancy through IVF.
Secondly, and perhaps more strikingly, this story is a beacon of hope to all women who face the prospect of infertility due to invasive treatments at a young age. Young women with cancer who then undergo chemotherapy face a very real chance of losing their ability to have children.
Fertility preservation techniques, combined with the increasing success rates of IVF, mean that there is real hope for women in this situation. For adolescent girls going through chemotherapy, egg freezing and other fertility preservation technology mean there is a chance for a baby in the future – while Moaza’s story show that even for pre-pubescent girls, there are steps that can be taken to preserve their future chance of having a family.
Every baby born as a result of the treatments we perform at CARE Fertility is a happy occasion and a miracle in its own right.
If you are considering having IVF or another fertility treatment, believe you may need fertility preservation or egg freezing, or simply want to ask a question about fertility treatments and what would be right for you then please get in touch. We would love to help you achieve your dream of a family.
Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you.