A 24-year-old woman has had her dream of becoming a mother realised, thanks to a revolutionary new IVF treatment.
Danielle Taggar, 24, told the Daily Mail that she yearned to have a child yet was in fear of doing so as she had inherited a faulty gene, known as BRCA1, and consequently was terrified that she would pass it on to her children.
Watching her Mother, Aunts and cousins suffer from breast cancer and knowing that she, herself, must undergo a mastectomy by the age of 28 and go on to have a full hysterectomy in her 30s, she felt she couldn’t leave having children too much longer.
But she also knew that just by having the gene, her risk of getting breast cancer is raised by 90 per cent.
It was in 2013 when Miss Taggar first heard of the pioneering IVF treatment which would go on to help her conceive a baby without passing on the faulty gene.
Now her one-year-old son, Noah, owes his brighter future to the innovative IVF technique called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) which involves screening the embryo prior to it being implanted into the womb.
He was the first to be conceived through PGD.
Of the nine eggs harvested, there was just one that survived and didn’t carry the gene. This meant that Miss Taggar and her partner, Mason Bradshaw, 25, had just one chance to create a baby.
Miss Taggar says: “I wasn’t at all worried about having to inject myself with hormones — all I could think about was my baby’s health and how I didn’t want him or her to suffer because of something in their genes that I could have prevented,” reports the Daily Mail.
The NHS funded the first round of treatment, however, if the couple wish to have more children, they would have to pay for it, privately, which they say would be a struggle for them.
For men, having the BRCA1 gene means a one in 100 risk of developing breast cancer. Having the BRCA2 gene mutation mean men have a 25 per cent risk of prostate cancer. There would be a 50/50 chance of them passing it onto their offspring.
Miss Taggar told the Daily Mail: “I am proud of myself for taking action and going through IVF so he can hopefully live a long, healthy and happy life without the worry of surgery, like I have to face in a few years, or a heightened threat of cancer.”