Cutting-edge science has accomplished a medical marvel, as an Australian woman who had her ovaries removed years ago is now pregnant.
Scientists from Melbourne IVF and the Royal Women's Hospital grafted frozen tissue onto the woman's abdominal wall after her ovaries were taken out seven years ago as she battled cancer.
As she was about to lose her second ovary, the woman — identified as Vali — made the decision to preserve some of its tissue.
She told the Guardian newspaper that going through that procedure at a young age caused her to confront the future.
Doctors used the grafts, replacing them under the skin and muscle, but not technically inside her abdomen.
She and her partner are now expecting twin girls.
"I think it does give hope," Dr. Ellen Greenblatt, associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Toronto, told QMI Agency.
But, she added: "(We) really have to make sure to frame this as clinical research and experimentation."
Pointing to the work of Fertile Future — an agency working to preserve fertility for Canadian cancer patients — the professor said that more than ever, doctors and patients are looking to fight their disease, but save a possibility of still having a child.
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