Zoe Leyland, the world's first baby born from a frozen embryo, was two-and-a-half weeks old and healthy, on April 16.
1. CU & SV Baby Zoe Leyland (2 shots) 0.15
2. SCU Mother lifts baby 0.30
3. SCU Mother, Loretta Leyland speaks (SOT) (4 shots) 1.05
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE):
LEYLAND: "I wanted to get the result of my blood test first, the doctors obviously did. They congratulated me that night and I still didn't believe and it was really on Monday Doctor Owen (indistinct) phoned me and said that he'd confirmed the pregnancy and the blood test had showed that I was pregnant.
INTERVIEWER: "Do you plan to have another baby?"
LEYLAND: "Yes, we'd like to have more than one, ah, one of the sisters asked me, not long after the operation if, how I felt, and I said I would like to have lots more and she said nobody every says that at this stage."
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Background: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Zoe Leyland, the world's first baby born from a frozen embryo, was two-and-a-half weeks old and healthy, on April 16. She was born on March 28 by Caesarian section at the Queen Victoria medical Centre at Monash University in Melbourne. Scientists at the university's in-vitro fertilisation unit are holding another 190 embryos in liquid nitrogen at minus 196 degrees centigrade for possible future implantation. Zoe's mother, Loretta Leyland, had been infertile for seven years. Under the in-vitro programme, ten of her eggs were fertilised in a test tube and three transplanted into her uterus. Six of the seven remaining fertilized eggs were then frozen. The first eggs failed to result in a pregnancy, so two months later three of the frozen embryos were thawed and transplanted. One attached itself to the uterus lining and, 36 weeks later, Zoe was delivered. Loretta Leyland says she is hoping to have more children. Zoe's birth has raised social and ethical questions about the freezing of embryos from right-to-life organisations and from medical bodies around the world.
Source: CHANNEL TEN NETWORK, AUSTRALIA