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Trust tells woman she cannot have her stored ovary tissue because of law change

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1285 (Published 21 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1285
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A woman who had an ovary removed and tissue from it frozen 12 years ago before undergoing chemotherapy for cancer has been told that she cannot have it transplanted at the moment because UK rules on processing tissue changed in 2007 and became much more stringent.

Kate Oliver, 28, had the ovary removed at Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the age of 16 after she was told that treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma would probably leave her infertile.

She says she was told that all she had to do was contact the centre, now part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, when she wanted to have a baby and the process would be put in train. …

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