Om Hospital and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. has become the first hospital in the country to produce a test-tube baby. After 36 weeks of In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Sandhya Tamang, 44, of Swyambhu, Kathmandu, gave birth to the baby on Thursday morning.
The baby (boy) was born at 8:52 a.m. Thursday, doctors at the hospital told Nepalnews. The father of the baby is Rajendra Tamang.
"Finally, the dream which I and a few of my colleagues had seen a few years ago, has come true," Dr Bhola Rijal, one of the country's senior most gynaecologists and managing director of the hospital said. Though he added that the baby had to be born by caesarean. "We had to perform a caesarean section, a week earlier than the expected delivery date, as we found that the mother-to-be had developed jaundice," Dr Rijal said.
"However, both the mother and the new-born are doing well," Dr Rijal added.
Om Hospital is the country's only hospital that provides IVF services. The hospital has announced free health care for 25 years to the first test-tube baby born within the country.
Dr Rijal also informed that on July 10, 2004, they had used the IVF technology on 17 women who had failed to conceive naturally. "Out of them, seven conceived. But four of them miscarried later," Dr Rijal said and added, "This is the first birth, we expect the two other births in the next 7-10 days."
According to Dr Rijal, the other two women who will hopefully be mothers in the next week or so are Kumudini Koirala- the wife of Dr Shusil Koirala and the wife of film director and producer, Keshav Bhattarai.
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