Baby born from em­bryo frozen 12 years ago

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A healthy baby was born in northwest China’s Shaanxi prov­ince from an em­bryo frozen 12 years ago, a record on the Chi­nese main­land.

On Feb 24, a 40-year-old woman gave birth to her se­cond son at Tangdu Hos­pi­tal in pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Xi’an.

She suf­fers from blocked fal­lop­ian tubes and poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome, which can af­fect a woman’s fer­til­ity and preg­nancy. She be­gan try­ing to get preg­nant through IVF in 2003.

That year, doc­tors har­vested 12 of her eggs and cre­ated 12 em­bryos with her hus­band’s sperm. They im­planted two fresh em­bryos into her womb, and froze the re­main­ing seven that they con­sid­ered vi­able.

Li gave birth to a healthy boy in 2004, and has since spent three yuan (around 50 cents) per day to store the em­bryos in the hos­pi­tal in case of an emer­gency. Last year, when China dropped its one-child pol­icy, she de­cided to have a se­cond child.

Three em­bryos sur­vived the thaw­ing process. The two best were im­planted in her womb, but only one sur­vived.

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