Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2015 Contents could help other young people, especially
given there is an increasing number of long-
term survivors of haematological diseases
diagnosed in childhood.
She said it was suitable for those who
were at high risk of ovarian failure, such as
survivors of treatment for lymphoma,
leukaemia and sarcoma.
She said thousands of people had now
undergone the procedure to freeze tissue
and in Dr Demeestere s clinic, 20 per cent
of them were children.
"However, the success of this procedure
requires further investigation in very young
pre-pubertal girls, as our patient had already
started puberty even though she had not
started menstruating," she explained.
She also warned that it would only be
suitable for patients at high risk of ovarian
failure, because the procedure itself carries
risks such as damaging the removed healthy
ovary or reintroducing malignant cells at
the time of transplant.
Professor Adam Balen, chairman of the
British Fertility Society, welcomed the news.
"One would anticipate that young ovaries
should have lots of eggs in them, the concern
was whether those eggs might develop to
maturity, if the ovarian tissue was taken at
such a young age and frozen and then re-
implanted," he told the BBC.
"So, this is proof of that concept. .. it s
very important information."
About 40 babies have already been born
across the world using frozen ovarian tissue
taken from older women. (BBC)
body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 12, 2015
A woman in Belgium is the first in the world to
give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian
tissue frozen when she was still a child, doctors
say. The 27-year-old had an ovary removed at age
13, just before she began invasive treatment for
sickle cell anaemia. Her remaining ovary failed fol-
lowing the treatment, meaning she would have
been unlikely to conceive without the transplant.
Experts hope that this procedure could eventually
help other young patients.
The woman gave birth to a healthy boy in November
2014, and details of the case were published on
Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous,
was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia at the age of
She emigrated from the Republic of Congo to Bel-
gium where doctors decided her disease was so severe
that she needed a bone marrow transplant using her
brother s matching tissue.
But before they could begin the bone marrow
transplant, they needed to give her chemotherapy to
disable her immune system and stop it from rejecting
the foreign tissue. Chemotherapy can destroy the
ovarian function, so they removed her right ovary
and froze tissue fragments. At that time, she was
showing signs of puberty, but had not yet started
her periods. Her remaining ovary failed at 15.
Ten years later, she decided she wanted to have
a baby, so doctors grafted four of her thawed ovarian
fragments onto her remaining ovary and 11 fragments
onto other sites in her body.
The patient started menstruating spontaneously
five months later, and became pregnant naturally at
the age of 27.
The gynaecologist who led the treatment to restore
the patient s fertility, Dr Isabelle Demeestere, told
the BBC the patient was very stressed during the
procedure because it was her only option to have a
child, but that now she "is of course very happy and
is enjoying her new life".
Dr Demeestere said it was now hoped the procedure
Baby born from ovary frozen in mother's childhood
A woman in Belgium is the
first in the world to give birth
to a baby using transplanted
ovarian tissue frozen when
she was still a child.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
New research from UBC and the Child & Family
Research Institute at BC Children s Hospital shows
that risky outdoor play is not only good for chil-
dren s health but also encourages creativity, social
skills and resilience.
The findings, published in the International Journal
of Environmental Research and Public Health, found
that children who participated in physical activity
such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble
play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical
and social health.
"We found that play environments where children
could take risks promoted increased play time, social
interactions, creativity and resilience," said Mariana
Brussoni, lead author of the study, and assistant pro-
fessor in UBC s School of Population and Public
Health and Department of Pediatrics.
"These positive results reflect the importance of
supporting children s risky outdoor play opportunities
as a means of promoting children s health and active
Playgrounds that offer natural elements such as
trees and plants, changes in height, and freedom for
children to engage in activities of their own choosing,
have positive impacts on health, behaviour and social
play helps kids
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