A woman in Belgium is the first in the world to give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue frozen when she was still a child, doctors say.The 27-year-old had an ovary removed at age 13, just before she began invasive treatment for sickle cell anaemia.Her remaining ovary failed following the treatment, meaning she would have been unlikely to conceive without the transplant.Experts hope that this procedure could eventually help other young patients.The woman gave birth to a healthy boy in November 2014, and details of the case were published on Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction.
CHICAGO — Preserving life but threatening a patient’s ability to bring life into the world. That’s the dilemma with cancer drugs — some medicines rob young patients of their fertility. Even those much too young to understand the potential loss, now may have an option — the chance to freeze their fertility in time with the hope science will grow as they do.Katie Palermo, cancer patient: “I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 12 before going into seventh grade. I got to start middle school bald as a girl, so that was really challenging.”