A milestone has been reached in the fertility clinics industry in Nigeria as 44-year-old woman has delivered a baby, who was conceived from a frozen egg at The Bridge Clinic in Lagos.
The baby boy, who was born on February 16, 2016, is named Tiwatope.
Explaining how the milestone was achieved, a fertility expert at the Bridge Clinic, Lagos, Dr Emmanuel Owie, said:“Tiwatope’s mother had her eggs frozen for two months, using the vitrification, also known as flash-freezing, process.
“This is the cutting edge technology in cryobiology, where the eggs or oocytes of a woman is dehydrated and the water content is replaced with ‘anti-freeze’ solution (cryoprotectants) before freezing. This will prevent the formation of ice crystals which could destroy the cell.
“We fertilized the eggs using a standard technique known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to overcome the egg shell which normally gets hardened with freezing.
“The fertilized egg was subsequently transferred into her womb, resulting in the pregnancy with Tiwa. She had her antenatal care in her family hospital and delivered the baby boy through Caesarian Section.”