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Baby Girl Born After Complete Ovary Transplant

A healthy baby girl has been born with the help of a transplanted ovary between identical twin sisters and may well lead to the possibility of a way to preserve fertility for cancer patients or for women who are starting a family later in life.

Outer shells of ovaries have previously been transplanted and six babies have been born to eight women using this technique but it was found that two-thirds of the eggs died from lack of blood flowing through the tissue and early menopause started three years after transplants had taken place.

All of the reported cases of successful births after partial ovary transplants have been between sisters and this is the first time a whole ovary has been used in the procedure.

It was only last year that Susanne Butscher, 39 underwent the pioneering new treatment that was developed in the US and carried out in the Infertility Centre in St Louis, Missouri by Dr Sherman Silber.

Menopause at Aged 15

Susanne had gone through early menopause at the age of 15 and discovered she was infertile 12 years later.

Her sister Dorothee, mother of two children said at first it was a ‘difficult decision’ to donate an ovary because it was ‘a major procedure and not without risk’ and her main responsibility was towards her children, the youngest who was only two years old.

Dorothee’s fears were soon overcome and shortly after the ovary transplant Susanne started to ovulate for the first time.  ‘Ecstatic’ was the word Dorothee used when she heard her sister was pregnant.

Baby Maja was born last month by caesarean at Portland Hospital in London weighing in at a healthy 7bs 15oz’s and finally made Susanne and husband Stephan proud and happy parents.

Baby Daughter Maja

Susanne and Stephan Butscher named their baby daughter Maja after the Roman goddess of fertility, a name that symbolises hope to millions of infertile women worldwide.

Speaking at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Conference in San Francisco last week, Dr Silver announced the birth of Maja and said he believes the “procedure could benefit women who are about to receive cancer treatment such as chemotherapy which can reduce their fertility.  In that case a surgeon could remove an ovary, freeze it until the treatment is over then transplant it back into the patient to restore her fertility.

The Telegraph has stated that ‘the main reason Susanne underwent the transplant was to stop the advance of osteoporosis which resulted from an early menopause’.