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05.05.2011 General News

IVF Triplets Delivered

By Daily Guide
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THE FAMILY Health Hospital (FHH) has through its In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) programme delivered a set of triplets at their facility in Teshie, Accra.

The hospital which started the IVF programme some two years ago has had several success stories which included the delivery of a set of twins last May and triplets this May.

The three beautiful baby girls were delivered of a client who according to one of the Directors of the hospital, Dr. Yao Kwawukume had for the past ten years been disparately yearning to have a child to no avail until she walked into their facility about a year ago.

Two months after her visit, she was artificially inseminated with an embryo which resulted in a multiple pregnancy.

The birth weights of the triplets are 1.9kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg respectively.

The pregnancy was full term and when the expectant mother was due on May 1, 2011, specialists at the FHH including pediatricians earnestly awaited the arrival of the babies who were successfully delivered through cesarean section.

All tests carried on the babies so far indicate that they are healthy and may not need any special care to survive.

At the time Health Matters visited the facility, the triplets were fast asleep and looked very healthy.

Dr. Kwawukume Director told the paper in an interview that even in the case of 50-year-old women with fertility problems, there is still hope, stressing there is donor protocol to get ovaries (eggs) to facilitate the insemination for women who no longer produce ovaries.

Further, the facility has a special machine which could pick a healthy sperm from men suffering a low sperm count for successful insemination.

Aside the IVF and general health care services, the FHH operates other special units like dialysis centre for persons with kidney failure, ambulance services, pharmacy and an ultra-modern Nursing Training School which trains health assistants as well as diploma nurses and midwives.

With Dr. Susu Kwawukume as its Medical Director, the FHH hopes to be a centre of excellence in providing affordable comprehensive medical treatment and preventive healthcare to all by using the best modern practices and the best professionals while ensuring high ethical standards.

Established some fourteen years ago at Latebiokorshie, the FHH has relocated its facility to Teshie where it runs a 24 hour service.

By Rocklyn Antonio

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