First woman to have baby after ovary frozen as child: Moaza Al Matrooshi sets world record (VIDEO)
LONDON, UK -- Moaza Al Matrooshi, 24, originally from Dubai, is the first person in the world to be delivered of a baby after having the ovary removed and cryopreserved before she entered puberty, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Moaza al-Matrooshi of Dubai became the first woman in the world to have a baby using an ovary that was preserved before puberty. Photo: Fergus Walsh/BBC (enlarge photo)
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Ms Al Matrooshi, originally from Dubai, was eight when she had the organ retrieved before having chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant for the inherited blood disorder Beta Thalassaemia.
As she had not entered puberty, she could not have IVF treatment to allow her ovaries to produce eggs. Her remaining ovary was only partially functioning following the chemotherapy and she went into early menopause.
Doctors decided to transplant the frozen ovarian tissue back into Ms Al Matrooshi when she was 21 to give her a chance of conceiving using her own eggs. Ms Al Matrooshi then underwent IVF treatment at CARE Fertility with her partner Ahmed and, aged 24, gave birth to a baby boy at the Portland Hospital.
Rob Smith, clinic director at CARE London, said the birth represented a "landmark in fertility preservation treatment for young girls who risk irreversible ovarian damage following necessary treatments for diseases such as cancer".
"Moaza has become the first woman in the world to give birth following the transplant of her own ovarian tissue removed before puberty."