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Mother due to give birth to 'frozen egg' twins


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Sep 10, 2004
AN expectant mother is due to deliver Britain’s first "frozen egg" twins thanks to revolutionary fertility treatment, scientists revealed.

The 36-year-old is said to be five months through a "normal and healthy pregnancy" despite scientific concerns over the pioneering deep-freeze technology.

One of the woman’s eggs was stored in liquid nitrogen for 18 months before being thawed, fertilised with her husband’s sperm and then inserted into her womb.

The centre’s medical director, Dr Gillian Lockwood, said: "It is wonderful to have further proof that this new development in assisted conception can offer real hope of genetic motherhood to many women who require fertility treatment."

Dr Lockwood added the treatment was invaluable for young women whose childbearing future looked bleak after developing cancer or other conditions that jeopardise ovary health.

But critics argue the technique can be hijacked by career women who simply want to preserve healthy young eggs for later use.

Others warn against adopting the fledgeling technique until scientists are sure of the risks they pose.