Lapaz Community Hospital delivers first invitro baby

BY: Emmanuel Bonney
The medical team with their first IVF baby.  From left is Mr Aryee, Ms Sheila Ankrah, Dr Kingsley Tetteh and Dr James Boachie.Cuddling the baby is Matron Rebecca Pobee.

Lapaz Community Hospital has produced its first invitro fertilisation (IVF) baby after one year of the establishment of the IVF facility.

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The baby boy, who was delivered at 5:15 p.m. through a caesarean section last Friday, weighed 4.5 kilogrammes.

He was born to a married couple in their 30s who had been trying for years to give birth to a child without success.

Process

A Senior Clinical Embryologist of the hospital, Mr Robert Aryee, who led the team through the IVF process, told the Daily Graphic that it took the medical team about eight weeks to get the mother of the baby pregnant, after which she went through 38 weeks pregnancy before she was delivered of the baby.


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“In this particular case, we had a situation of very low sperm count from the male partner. We had to take the woman’s egg out of her body, fertilise it with the man’s sperm to achieve an embryo which was put back into the woman to achieve a pregnancy,” he said.

Mr Aryee said the hospital had 20 other women who were pregnant after going through the IVF, adding that they included those with twins, triplets and quadruplets.

Advice

“My advice to young couples is that once you stay together for a year and there is no pregnancy, you have to go for a check-up to find out where the problem is, for a solution to be found,” he said.

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With regard to the cost, he said, the hospital charged less than similar facilities in the country.