First 'adopted embryo' baby is born in Spain
5 September 2005, BARCELONA — A baby who was adopted as a frozen embryo and implanted into his new mother's womb has been born, the first birth of its kind in Spain.
5 September 2005
BARCELONA — A baby who was adopted as a frozen embryo and implanted into his new mother's womb has been born, the first birth of its kind in Spain.
The baby boy, weighing 7.5 pounds and given the name Gerard, was born at this city's Quiron clinic.
Before being implanted into his current mother, the embryo had been frozen for seven years at Barcelona's Marques Institute.
The couple that conceived the embryo no longer needed it because the woman had become pregnant with two other embryos.
In November, an embryo adoption unit opened at the Marques Institute, allowing healthy women 45 and younger to adopt and become pregnant with a frozen embryo.
The first woman to benefit from the new service was 41-year-old Eva Tarrida, a resident of Santa Maria de Palautordera near Barcelona who was the first woman to become pregnant in Spain with an adopted embryo.
The delivery - which was by Caesarian section - "went very well," Tarrida told TV3 television.
"I considered the child to be mine from the very beginning."
Tarrida told EFE she went to the adoption centre after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for two years.
Her husband had suffered for another two years from a serious illness, from which he since has recovered.
A total of 14 women have become pregnant after adopting embryos from the Marques Institute.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news