Louis Joy Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby was born on July 25, 1978, through In Vitro fertilization(IVF) at The Oldham General Hospital, Manchester, England to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. This day denotes her birthday.
Lesley Brown has suffered from years of infertility due to blockage in the fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the first experimental IVF procedure in the world.
Jean Purdy, the world’s first embryologist, along with gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and physiologist Robert Edwards during the 1970s. Purdy was the first person to observe the successful cell division of the embryo.
On this day in 1978 the first IVF baby, Louise Brown was born, being held here by Nobel Laureate Robert Edwards, whose research enabled IVF. Although the media referred to Louise Brown as a “test tube baby”, her conception actually took place in a petri dish.#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/OzDPISdL2Z
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“European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology estimates about five million babies have been born using the technique, which creates embryos in the laboratory before transferring them into a woman. Experts say about 350,000 babies are born by IVF every year, mostly to people with infertility problems, single people and gay and lesbian couples.”, tells Louis Brown to Associated Press.
She was born through a caesarean section with the weightage of 5 pounds, 12 ounces. As the reports found The Browns had a second daughter, Natalie, some years later, also through IVF treatment. Natalie became the first IVF baby to give birth to a child of her own in May 1999.
In an interview, she says that she was just born and recalls the hope her mother gave people which is fantastic and she deserves everything. Later in 2010, Robert Edwards has awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contribution on In Vitro Fertilisation.
Later millions of babies were born through IVF and observed as a mainstream medical solution for infertility.