At 9 years old, Moaza al-Matrooshi was diagnosed with beta thalassemia — an inherited blood disorder that would require chemotherapy to cure. Knowing that chemotherapy can damage ovaries, Matrooshi’s parents authorized the removal of her right ovary in advance of the procedure. The removed ovary was stored in liquid nitrogen until last year when surgeons in Denmark replanted the tissue into Matrooshi’s body. Matrooshi, who had been in menopause due to damage caused by the chemotherapy to her left ovary, began to ovulate once more. After undergoing in vitro fertilization, Matrooshi, now 24, made medical history by giving birth to a baby boy — Ahmed.
“It’s like a miracle,” Matrooshi told the BBC.
Matrooshi is thought to be the first woman to have had her ovarian tissue frozen before reaching puberty to give birth after having the tissue reimplanted, according to Professor Helen Picton, the University of Leeds specialist who oversaw the preservation of Mattoshi’s tissue. The success of the procedure, she added, “significantly increases our understanding of fertility preservation and how freezing ovarian tissue from a little girl can safeguard the future fertility of young girls.” Watch the video below for more on her remarkable story.
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