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dateline: 14 December 2016

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Baby Born From Frozen Ovary Tissue

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ovary: where the production of eggs takes place in a woman
  • tissue: a mass of cells that perform a certain function
  • chemotherapy: a procedure that uses chemicals to destroy diseased cells and tissues
  • bone marrow transplant: a medical procedure where damaged bone marrow is replaced with healthy bone marrow from a donor
  • sliver: a small piece
  • ovulate: to release an egg from the ovary
  • fertility: the ability for a woman to conceive and have a baby
  • IVF: in vitro fertilization; a procedure in which the egg is fertilized outside of the body in hopes of forming an embryo that can be transplanted

Baby Born From Frozen Ovary Tissue

A young woman from has given birth to a healthy baby boy with the help of ovarian tissue frozen in childhood. At nine years old Moaza Al Matrooshi had her right ovary removed and frozen before chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in London. Her mother had asked doctors to take this step in order to give her daughter a future chance at . The now 24 year old had been infertile until in Denmark unfroze the tissue and transplanted slivers of it onto her failed left ovary. She began soon after the surgery. Al Matrooshi became pregnant after a successful round of IVF treatment with her husband.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why did this woman have an ovary removed and frozen in childhood?
  2. What happened after the frozen ovarian tissue was re-transplanted?
  3. Why does the report mention IVF?

Discussion Questions: Al Matrooshi is the first known woman to have her fertility restored using ovarian tissue that was frozen before puberty. Why is this such an important medical breakthrough?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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