Health experts in Nigeria have reasons to smile as the country records its first and successful baby from Oocytes Cryopreservation (eggs freezing). The baby was delivered at the Bridge Clinic, the foremost and leading fertility clinic in Nigeria.
Baby Tiwatope (surname withheld) becomes the first baby to be birthed from the first of this novel procedure to be done in Nigeria. The child’s birth in unlike any other in Nigeria; in the sense that it has elevated Nigeria on to the international maps of countries where Oocyte Cryopreservation can be carried out successfully.
Oocyte Cryopreservation is an innovation within the In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) space, and Nigeria is among the few countries in the world that can boast of it.
While narrating the process to LEADERSHIP, Physician at the Bridge Clinic, Dr. Emmanuel Owie said:
“Tiwatope’s mother had her eggs frozen using the 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.
On her readiness for pregnancy, we fertilized the eggs using a standard technique known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in order 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 caesarean section. The baby and his mother are in good health to the delight of the family and friends.
At the Bridge Clinic, we celebrate Tiwa’s birth as it is a further demonstration of our coming of age in the practice of assisted reproductive technology. It is a show of the sum of our strengths, our people, our process and our infrastructure. It demonstrates our commitment to global best practices which ensures that our offerings are in tandem with what is obtainable in the developed world, both in variety and in quality.”
Dr. Owie recommends this process for women that have undergone chemotherapy treatment of cancer and as a side effect lost their fertility. The Doctors recommends the procedure to “Women with a family history of early menopause; women with objections to storing frozen embryos for religious and/or moral reasons and women who want to delay childbearing in order to pursue some personal goals.
Dr. Okunday Omogbehin, the Corporate Marketing and Customer Relations Coordinator at the Bridge Clinic, said the development was indeed welcomed and pointed out its ability to eradicate barrenness in women.
Dr. Omogbehin adds that the process of embryos delivered from frozen eggs is as safe as embryos delivered from fresh eggs. There are neither signs of increased rates of chromosomal defects, nor complications during pregnancy.