(KMOV) – A Columbia, Illinois woman is the first cancer survivor in the United States to give birth as a result of a fertility preservation procedure.
Amy Tucker was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1997 when she was 19 years old. She went through several years of intense treatment.
In 1998 she underwent a fertility preservation procedure created by Sherman Silber, M.D. Dr. Silber removed and froze one of her ovaries.
Tucker has been in remission since 2001 but the intense treatment left her menopausal and unable to have children.
In January 2009, Tucker had her frozen ovary tissue transplanted. Thanks to the ovary freezing and transplantation, Tucker was able to give birth to a healthy baby boy on May 27, 2010.
Tucker is the first cancer survivor in the United States to have a child as a result of this fertility preservation procedure and is one of a couple dozen around the world who have chosen ovary freezing to protect them from the sterilizing effects of cancer treatment.
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