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China's first test tube baby becomes mother

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Thirty-one years after her birth through external and transplantation, China's first test tube baby, Zheng Mengzhu, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, according to a media report.

Zheng gave birth to a boy through Caesarean section in a

Zhao Yangyu, at Peking University Third Hospital, who performed the surgery said, "the boy weighs 3.85 kg, which is similar to his mother's birth-weight."

"The surgery went rather well. Both the mother and the baby are in stable condition," Zhao told state-run agency.

Qiao Jie, of the hospital, said the successful birth of Zheng's child marked another milestone in the history of in

"China's has reached leading levels in the world," she said.

Qiao said people were worried about whether a person born via could naturally reproduce. Though many test-tube babies became adults and had their own children, the figure is not large.

"The birth today is further proof of the safety of "


Zheng was born on March 10, 1988, in the same hospital, as the first-ever test tube baby in China, 10 years after the first such baby was born in Britain.

Zheng's mother was a primary school teacher in northwest China's Province. Unable to conceive a baby for 20 years after her marriage, the mother, then 39 years old, received external and in the

Zheng grew up in After graduation from university, she became a in the hospital's

"To work here is like a homecoming for me. So many people helped my parents and worked for my birth. I am very happy that I can help more families like my parents," she said.

When Chinese researchers started experimenting test-tube technologies, they mainly used to help women with blocked fallopian tubes, doctors said.

Now, about one to two babies in every 100 newborns are born with assisted reproductive technology, according to Qiao, also an academician with the

The is one of the country's largest such centres, receiving about 600,000 outpatients every year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 17:45 IST
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