But on her return to the UK in 2015, Matthews had found a surgical team in Denmark willing to work with the frozen tissue and transplant it back into her body in August 2015. Its a very straightforward procedure, Matthews said, adding that her main limitations had been finding teams willing to handle the frozen ovarian tissue after it had been in storage for so long. useful linkAs a result, the technique is a very experimental procedure, she said. Transplanting the ovaries, bit by bit Matthews explained that the transplant itself involved reinserting fragments of al Matrooshis ovary bit by bit and then waiting for blood vessels to form and infuse into it to make it functional. Because the tissue belonged to the patient, there was no concern about the tissue being rejected and attacked by her immune system. After three months, Matthews harvested three eggs produced by the patients now-functional ovaries and, after waiting a few more months to see whether conception could occur naturally, began IVF treatment. Al Matrooshi became pregnant in April. This is moving from an experimental technique to a practical application, Matthews said. She now wants more facilities to be able to store tissues in this manner and for funding to be made more widely available to cover the procedure for families whose children are diagnosed with conditions like beta thalassaemia or cancer at a young age.
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Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary-pushing routine at a time staring up at her. Not that she remembers any of it. “It’s kind of a blur,” Biles said. Maybe to Biles, but not to the rest of the world. Her massive haul in Rio de Janeiro – a record-tying four golds to go along with a bronze for the dominant U.S. women’s team – propelled her to stardom and rendered her last name superfluous. Now there’s one more honor to add to what on Twitter is known simply as #SimoneThings: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. http://w.tl/medicalinterviewcourse88241In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes.
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