A healthy baby girl was born from a 14-year-old frozen Embryo in Iranian city of Isfahan on Saturday.
Dr. Asadollah Kalantari, a founding member of Isfahan’s Fertility & Infertility Center, said the child was born in full health, adding that the 42-year-old mother of the baby (who won her battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma) is in a good health.
“The newborn’s mother experienced two Ectopic pregnancies 25 years ago that resulted in her inability to get pregnant. In 2003, an embryo was implanted in her womb via in vitro fertilization, or IVF, but the baby did not survive to be born,” he noted.
Currently, 100,000 frozen embryos have been stored at the center in Isfahan, he added.
Dr. Kalantari also said that this marks the first time a child has been born with the use of an embryo frozen for such a long time, adding that the last such case was an embryo frozen for 11.5 years.
Iran has long been the leading country in the Middle East on treating infertility, with nearly 100 clinics that treat not only Iranian couples, but also couples from neighboring states who come to take advantage of the Islamic Republic’s open stance toward such treatments.