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Cancer sufferer 'overjoyed' to give birth after ovaries re-implanted

By Katrine Bussey

Published 15/07/2016

A cancer patient who has become the first woman in the UK to give birth after having frozen tissue from her ovaries re-implanted said she is "astonished and overjoyed" at the success of the treatment.

The 33-year-old, from Edinburgh, had a section of her ovary removed and frozen 11 years ago after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The treatment to fight the disease meant she went through the menopause in her early 20s, and she said it was a "wonderful surprise" to have conceived naturally. She gave birth to a healthy boy earlier this month.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the procedure to remove ovarian tissue was "very new and experimental" when it was carried out more than a decade ago.

She added: "There was no guarantee that it would work and while I kept the possibility in the back of my mind, I never pinned our hopes on it being successful.

"It was hard to imagine how well it could work, given that my tissue had been stored for such a long time.

"That the re-implanted tissue took so quickly then, came as a really wonderful surprise."

While undergoing treatment, her doctors sent her for a consultation with fertility specialists. Research led by Edinburgh University aims to ensure children and young people being treated for cancer can go on to become parents in later life.

The success of her treatment has been hailed as a breakthrough.

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