Woman Who Had Ovaries Removed Is Pregnant
December 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BARCELON, Spain, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A Spanish cancer patient who had both her ovaries removed has become the first in the world to become pregnant, doctors say.
The 31-year-old woman had both her cancerous ovaries removed, but surgeons were able to save a small, healthy piece of one ovary that was frozen, stored and then re-implanted in the woman after she was free of cancer, thinkSpain reported Sunday.
Doctors at Barcelona’s Sant Joan de Deu hospital say her case is unique because her pregnancy was made possible by re-implanting just a small section of ovarian tissue rather than a complete organ.
Growth factors extracted from her blood enabled it to function and produce eggs, they said.
The hospital said it is currently preserving the ovarian tissue of 173 patients being treated for various forms of cancer to allow the patients to have children if they wish when they are cured.