The birth of the first 'test tube' baby in Oldham Lancashire on Tuesday (25 July) was greeted with world-wide medical interest, and it renewed hopes for thousands of childless couples everywhere.
The birth of the first 'test tube' baby in Oldham Lancashire on Tuesday (25 July) was greeted with world-wide medical interest, and it renewed hopes for thousands of childless couples everywhere. Mrs Lesley Brown gave birth to a fair-haired girl, weighing a five pounds and twelve ounces nine months after the mother's egg and her husband's sperm were brought together in a laboratory. The baby, born nine days premature, and delivered by Caesarian section, was said to be in 'excellent condition' and Mrs Brown said she was 'feeling fine'. The birth crowned twelve years of research for gynaecologist, Mr Patrick Steptoe, and Cambridge University physiologist, Dr Robert Edwards. Mr Steptoe told a news conference at the hospital on Wednesday (26 July) that the birth would give great hope to couples who could not, at present, have children. Dr Edwards said he felt sure other doctors would be able to solve all the problems and achieve further births of this kind.
SYNOPSIS: The birth of baby Brown turned the Oldham and General District Hospital into a monument in medical research. Its telephone switchboard was jammed on Wednesday (26 July) with calls from all over the world from excited and curious couples. And the world's press gathered in swarms to find out from the two doctors wether this was the long-awaited breakthrough. Dr Steptoe was asked what he thought the birth portended for the other aspiring parents.
At Hammersmith Hospital in London, the reaction of noted gynaecologist Professor Norman Morris was sought.
Visnews' reporter John Darby spoke to a mother who had just had a baby in the normal way.