Ovary Transplant Success!

Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Ovary Transplant Success!
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:03pm

It's amazing how far science has come.  Here's an inspirational story about a successful ovary transplant that I thought might interest some of you .  What do you think?

A first: ovary transplant and 2 births
‘It's like a dream,’ says mom who survived bone cancer at 27

LONDON - When Stinne Holm Bergholdt of Denmark was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 27, she was afraid she wouldn't be able to have children.

So she asked her doctors if they could remove an ovary before her treatment and transplant it back afterward to preserve her fertility.

More than six years later, Bergholdt and her husband now have two daughters, making her the first woman in the world to give birth twice after an ovary transplant.

Details of her case were being published online Thursday in the journal, Human Reproduction.

"It's hard to believe it's really true," said Bergholdt, of Odense, Denmark. "It's like a dream that I never would have thought possible a few years ago."

On the day before she started chemotherapy, doctors took 13 strips of ovarian tissue from Bergholdt's right ovary and froze them. After eight months of cancer treatment and another year of recovery, doctors reimplanted seven of the strips, or about 20 percent of an entire ovary.

Bergholdt's ovary began working again after a few months, and she then had in-vitro fertilization to become pregnant. Nearly a year later, she gave birth to daughter Aviaja, now 3.

You can read the rest of the story at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35559268/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/.