The first day of Spring this year saw the arrival of a very special guest at our Wickford clinic. Jamie Facer-Childs and his are the world’s first frozen embryo twins and their mum Ro, is one of the first 100 people to have IVF treatment.
Jamie came to officially launch the clinic’s advanced cryopreservation service and egg bank. This will offer more patients the option of fertility preservation and a greater flexibility for egg sharing.
Increasing your options – from fertility preservation to donor eggs
Egg freezing ahead of surgery, chemotherapy, or another life event that will impact fertility, is recommended. It is available on the NHS, however, many women are still not aware of this option. By promoting the egg bank we hope that more people will be able to have the opportunity to start a family, if they wish to, in the future.
The egg bank at Wickford also enables access to a greater diversity of donated eggs and allows women to share their eggs without the need to match them with a recipient.
Continuing the pioneering spirit
Jamie came along to our Wickford clinic accompanied by his mum Ro. One of the first patients in the world to have IVF treatment. She was treated by IVF pioneer Patrick Steptoe at our Cambridge clinic more than 30 years ago.
Starting life as a frozen embryo seems to have inspired Jamie, instilling the need to challenge what appears impossible and explore what looks unachievable.
His adventurous spirit has led him to undertake some huge challenges. As a result, he has been awarded a world record for being part of the youngest pair to row across the Indian Ocean in 2009 and is also a member of the first British team to complete a foot-traverse of Antarctica in 2017.
Jamie is now a doctor and enjoyed meeting a number of patients who had benefited more recently from fertility treatment and fertility preservation at Bourn Hall.