Beta Thalassemia

Moaza al-Matrooshi, now 24, was born with beta thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder that was treated with chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant when she was a child. Because chemotherapy damages ovaries, her parents had authorized the removal of her right ovary in advance at the University of Leeds.

The medical community celebrated the birth of Ms. Matrooshi’s baby boy on Tuesday in London at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children, saying the event could pave the way to restoring fertility to women who suffer cancer and other illnesses at an early age. Until now, many prepubescent girls who have undergone chemotherapy have had to abandon hopes of bearing children as adults.
- Kimiko de Freytas-Atumura, ‘It’s Like a Miracle’: Woman Gives Birth Using Ovary Frozen Since Childhood, NYT, Dec. 15, 2016

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