Stella Dimoko Woman Births Baby Using Ovary Frozen From When She Was A Child


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Woman Births Baby Using Ovary Frozen From When She Was A Child

A woman has given birth in London after doctors restored her fertility using frozen ovarian tissue removed when she was a young child.

The 24-year-old is thought to be the first in the world to have a baby after having an ovary frozen before the onset of puberty.

Moaza Al Matrooshi, whose son was delivered at the privately-run Portland Hospital yesterday, told the BBC: "It's like a miracle.

"We've been waiting so long for this result - a healthy baby."

Her doctor, Sara Matthews, a consultant in gynaecology and fertility, said she was overjoyed for the family - and delighted by the hope it offered to others too.

"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."

Doctors say it will give hope to many other girls and young women who risk losing the chance of motherhood as a result of treatment for cancer, blood or immune disorders.

Frozen for the future

Moaza Al Matrooshi, who is from Dubai, was born with beta thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder that is fatal if untreated.

She needed chemotherapy, which damages the ovaries, before receiving a bone marrow transplant from her brother at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

So, prior to treatment, when she was nine years old, she had her right ovary removed in an operation in Leeds, where the tissue was frozen.

Fragments of her ovarian tissue were mixed with cryo-protective agents and slowly reduced in temperature to minus 196C, before being stored under liquid nitrogen.

Last year, surgeons in Denmark transplanted five slivers of the ovarian tissue back into her body - four were stitched on to her failed left ovary and one on to the side of her uterus.

Moaza had been going through the menopause. But after the transplant, her hormone levels began returning to normal, she began ovulating and her fertility was restored.

In order to maximise the chances of having a child, Moaza and her husband Ahmed underwent IVF treatment.

From the eight eggs that were collected, three embryos were produced, two of which were implanted earlier this year.


Moaza said: "I always believed that I would be a mum and that I would have a baby.

"I didn't stop hoping and now I have this baby - it is a perfect feeling."

She also thanked her mother, whose idea it was to save her young daughter's ovarian tissue so that she might be able to have a family in the future.

Dr Sara Matthews, who conducted the fertility treatment, said: "Within three months of re-implanting her ovarian tissue, Moaza went from being menopausal to having regular periods again.

"She basically became a normal woman in her 20s with normal ovary function."

Prof Helen Picton, who leads the division of reproduction and early development at the University of Leeds, carried out the ovary freezing.

She told me: "This is incredibly encouraging. Moaza is a pioneer and was one of the first patients we helped back in 2001, before any baby had been born from ovary tissue preservation.

"Worldwide more than 60 babies have been born from women who had their fertility restored, but Moaza is the first case from pre-pubertal freezing and the first from a patient who had treatment for beta thalassaemia."

from bbc


  1. Replies
    1. Wow! She is truly destined to be a mum and that baby is destined to live.

    2. Wow I'm happy for her!shes lucky to have been attended to by freak doctors. Great Ormond Street Hospital has been known to provide ground breaking medical solutions for kids. Sad my 2 year old angel died two weeks after we were able to raise funds to get her there for treatment...still hurts..

  2. God is great, I'm so happy for the family on the arrival of der bundle of joy...

  3. The white man is wise!
    God is d wisest!
    What a feat!

  4. wow! it's a miracle. thank God for science. she's lucky that her family is rich all these treatment don't come cheap

    1. U can say that again. That baby I priceless but must have cost fortunes to have . Thank God for science that made this possible.

    2. Loads of pounds,this is a very expensive case,she's lucky they are able to afford it.congrats to her

  5. Wow I was born with beta thallassymia too. Mine is not serious though, it presents as acute anaemia so that in a year I'm on and off iron tabs which make my poo black. Lol. Anyway I'll put my kids in trouble if I marry a fellow carrier. God forbid.

  6. Each time I see d word "frozen" my heart skips several beats..

    And her is even Moaza Al Matrooshi, with two "M"s


    1. LMAO!!!
      This comment killed meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. Haha haha, who are you? Hold on MMM has not crashed Inugo? Can't stop laughing.

    3. Don't panic it will be alright if hope. 😁😁😁😁

    4. Fan Emmanuel, is this you?

  7. I go like do this thing o. This monthly discharge wey person dey waste anyhow. Lol. Congrats to them. WHEN GOD SAYS YES!!!

  8. Science! God is the master though

  9. Nice one
    We still dey learn where this oyibos dey sha


  10. God is really given a breakthrough in science

  11. Good news. This white people get sense no be small

  12. This is great news.
    Those in the western world are making advancement in technology et al.
    Without the whites sef what would the world have been like? bekee wu agbara oooo!

  13. Oyinbo people provide opportunity for themselves, we dey here dey lament witch.

  14. The power of technology, Thank God for the knowledge


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