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September 4, 2013 by  

Australian History Online, In a world first, IVF recipient Vali became pregnant after growing eggs from ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen.

An infertile Australian woman is pregnant after growing new eggs in ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen in a world first doctors say has the potential to revolutionise fertility treatment.

The woman, known only by her first name, Vali, is nearly 26 weeks pregnant with twins after previously being rendered infertile by treatment for ovarian cancer.

A team at Melbourne IVF and The Royal Women’s Hospital managed to help the woman grow egg follicles and produce two healthy eggs after transplanting her own frozen ovarian tissue into her abdomen.

Dean and his partner Vali, who is the first person in the world to become pregnant after producing eggs from ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen (last names withheld).

Only one baby has been born before in Australia after ovarian tissue transplant, and fewer than 30 globally, but this is the first time the tissue has been successfully transplanted at an entirely different site in the body to where it was taken from.

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