The World's Oldest Sperm Sample In History Finally Created A Baby! It's A Miracle!


The world’s oldest preserved sperm sample has been used to make a baby! 

Back in 1992, Australian Alex Powell was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 15. 

Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a type of cancer which affects the lymphatic system – a part of the immune system. 

The World's Oldest Sperm Sample In History Finally Created A Baby! It's A Miracle!

Symptoms of this disease may include fever, night sweats, weight loss as well as non-painful swollen lymph nodes in the neck, under the arm, or in the groin area. 

As a teen Mr. Powell had to undergo chemotherapy which would treat the cancer but would leave him sterile for the rest of his life.

Alex’s stepmother had a brilliant idea that would work around this problem however. They would freeze some of his sperm just in case he ever wanted a child in the future.

Although freezing and storing sperm has been around for a while, it’s a fairly difficult thing to achieve. Sometimes the semen doesn’t survive the freezing process.  

The World's Oldest Sperm Sample In History Finally Created A Baby! It's A Miracle!

Luckily Alex’s semen survived the process and has been in storage for over 2 decades!

Soon enough he met the love of his life and got married

Then through the procedure called “In Vitro Fertilization” (IVF), they were able to make a baby with the world’s oldest sperm sample. 

IVF is a common and effective type of ART or assisted reproductive technology which helps women get pregnant if the natural method is unavailable. 

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