Chromosome disorder patient gives birth
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:13:50 GMT
The first woman with chromosome disorder, who had received an ovary from her twin sister, becomes mother, doctors report.
The new born baby named Victoria was born on March 8, and is free of the syndrome that affects both her mother and her aunt, AFP reported.
The 39 years old mother, lacked ovaries because of a chromosome disorder known as Turner Syndrome. She had been trying to conceive, notably through in vitro fertilization, for some 15 years before the ovarian transplant.
Meanwhile, a few months after the operation she became pregnant quite normally as her regular reproductive cycle had become active.
Turner syndrome or monosomy X is a disorder caused by the absence of a sex chromosome or a part of it. The condition that affects about 1 in every 2,500 girls usually causes several abnormalities including infertility in some cases.
"It was the first such transplant in the world between twins with Turner syndrome," said Belgian gynecologist Jacques Donnez, who carried out the operation in August 2009.
It was also the first ovarian transplant in the Europe, said Donnez, who had previously performed a similar operation on non-twin sisters.