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Five million babies and a father: The legacy of IVF co-pioneer Robert Edwards

May 16, 2013
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Sir Robert Edwards’ experimentation and co-pioneering of the in vitro fertilization technique (IVF) with fellow Briton Patrick Steptoe led to the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 and five million babies more thereafter.

Just last April 10, Edwards succumbed to a long illness at the age of 87. His colleagues, as well as industry leaders all over the world, commend him on his life-changing work.

The man that was

While the IVF faced serious criticism and opposition, many have understood and recognized the impact it had on the whole world. In 2010, Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing the technique. His service to human reproductive biology was also recognized by Great Britain. Thus, he was knighted in 2011.

 

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“Bob Edwards is one of our greatest scientists,” said Mike Macnamee, chief executive of Bourn Hall, the IVF clinic co-founded by Edwards and Steptoe.

“His inspirational work in the early ’60s led to a breakthrough that has enhanced the lives of millions of people worldwide. He is held in great affection by everyone who has worked with him and was treated by him,” Macnamee added.

Louise Brown, now 35 years old, couldn’t agree more with Macnamee when she said: “His work, along with Patrick Steptoe, has brought happiness and joy to millions of people all over the world by enabling them to have children.”

 

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Image Source: guardian.co.uk

 

Satori World Medical is affiliated with top-notch health institutions that offer affordable IVF procedure. Visit its website to get access of its International Center of Excellence.

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