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First test tube baby born at BSMMU

  • 5-10% of patients need IVF for infertility
  • The couple struggled with infertility for 13yrs
Update : 25 Oct 2023, 11:59 PM

The first test-tube baby was born at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday morning. 

BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Sharfuddin Ahmed confirmed the matter.

Before the operation, Prof Dr M Sharfuddin Ahmed visited the operating theatre to support the mother and medical team. With guidance from the department head, Prof Dr Jesmine Banu, the first test-tube baby was born via C-section around 9am.

A childless couple from Barisal struggled with infertility for 13 years. They had sought treatment elsewhere but did not find success. In 2022, they began treatment at BSMMU's Infertility Department, where they underwent In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). 

This specialized IVF technique injects sperm into the egg cytoplasm. After this treatment, the mother became pregnant in February and had a successful pregnancy, resulting in the birth of a test tube baby on a Wednesday morning at 9:30am, marking a significant achievement in the university's history after 38 weeks.

Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed said: "We have achieved another milestone with the birth of a test tube baby. Our Infertility Department is dedicated to ending the wait of childless couples. We aim to continue supporting couples in this journey, providing inspiration for the future. Both the test tube baby and the mother are doing well, and we seek the blessings of the nation for their speedy recovery."

The VC said: "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina envisions advanced medical services within Bangladesh. BSMMU is making this dream come true through various transplants. We aim to establish a smart healthcare system in the country by 2041."

Dr Jesmine Banu said: "Typically, 5-10% of patients require IVF for infertility treatment. The infertility department began in December 2003. However, since 2019, we have actively provided IVF procedures for test-tube babies under my supervision. This service was partially suspended during the pandemic. In 2022, Professor Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, the current head of BSMMU, initiated the reintroduction of IVF."

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