A breast cancer survivor in Illinois, USA, has given birth to twin girls, Nina and Marco, after her ovaries were removed.
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Shelley Bautista was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 at the age of 34.
“It’s a real miracle. We have two children exactly two years after I got rid of cancer. I feel whole,” she says.
As part of her treatment, she had to undergo chemotherapy, and since she was already a mother to her first child and wanted more children in the future, she decided to freeze eight embryos.
In fact, the American Cancer Society recommends freezing eggs before starting cancer treatment.
Bautista also had to undergo a double mastectomy at the end of 2020 and was later declared cured of cancer.
As if that wasn’t enough, she also learned that she was at high risk of developing ovarian cancer and subsequently made the decision to have them removed.
A year later she decided to have another child.
“Even without ovaries, we are able to provide the extra hormones needed for pregnancy. This is an important point because many people are surprised to learn that conception can be achieved through fertilization even if the ovaries have been surgically removed or are not working,” said Dr. Cara Goldman, the department’s medical director. Fertility at Northwestern Medical Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Shelley’s wish to have another child finally came true on the anniversary of her recovery from cancer.
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