The first for the entire world, a baby was born using a controversial in vitro fertilization technique in Ukraine. Doctors in Kiev, Ukraine, helped a previously infertile couple conceive and be blessed with a baby girl.
The story dates back to January 05, 2017 where a technique known by the name of, "pronuclear transfer" or "three-parent IVF," was used to help an infertile woman conceive a healthy baby. The mother was 24-year-old and suffered from unexplainable infertility.
She is the first person to have had a successful pregnancy using ovarian tissue that was harvested before puberty and the only person to have a successful pregnancy using the ovarian tissue.
The technique is majorly used for women suffering from mitochondrial disease. The method replaces defective mitochondria in a mother's egg with a healthy donor mitochondria. This is done to save the child from future mitochondrial disease.
It was forbidden some time back in the UK but is no longer banned. The only reason why this was prohibited in the UK was the transfer of genetic modification to from the baby produced by its later generations. Because boy babies cannot transfer their modified genetic information to future children.
As a child, the mother was suffering from a blood disorder and came to the hospital for a bone marrow transplant. After getting married when the couple tried conceiving naturally but failed. She then started having pre-menopausal symptoms and hot flashes. They then consulted a gynecologist in London, who helped her conceive by making her ovaries regain their functions. It did not work well.
They returned to London in 2015, and Matthews found a surgeon who was willing to work with the frozen tissue and transplant it back into her body.
Small sections of the ovarian tissue were transplanted step by step to result into a fully functional ovary that could help her proceed with the pregnancy.
Using frozen tissue is a great idea and saving them for later fertility is indeed the world first.