Damn Science: Woman May Get Pregnant With Her Own Re-Implanted Childhood Ovary

Today in “huh, wow, science” news: A 23-year-old woman is hoping to get pregnant after surgeons re-implant an ovary she had removed at age eight. According to The TelegraphMoaza Alnatrooshi had her ovaries removed before a round of chemotherapy to treat beta thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder. If the surgery succeeds, it will be a breakthrough for women who have lost the ability to conceive due to illness early in life.

The world’s first birth from ovarian tissue frozen post-puberty occurred last year in Belgium to a 28-year-old woman. At age thirteen, she froze “dozens” of tissue fragments as well as her right ovary after a bout of sickle cell anaemia. Alnatrooshi’s surgery will determine what role, if any, age plays in the process. (Can you imagine — your childhood ovary may essentially be able to get pregnant outside your body, no matter how many student loans you still have. A little freaky.)

“I want to believe I will be pregnant.  I cannot wait for that day. I would like to say to all women that they have got to have hope,” Alnatrooshi said to the Sunday Times.