The birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, has been named in a survey of the top 100 moments that shaped the world
Louise Brown, who lives in Bristol with her family, was born on July 25, 1978 in Oldham. As the world’s first IVF baby she became an instant star attraction for people around the world anxious to get a glimpse of her.
Louise’s parents, John and Lesley Brown had tried for many years to have children but it wasn’t until they began IVF treatment that Lesley became pregnant.
According to figures, since then more than 300,000 babies have been born from IVF treatment in the UK alone and globally that figure is believed to be in the region of eight million.
A little fact we didn’t know until recently is that Louise’s sister. Natalie is the 40th IVF baby born and was the first IVF born to go on to have a child naturally, her daughter, Casey in 1999.
Here at IVF babble we have had the pleasure of working with Louise since the magazine launched in November 2016
She has worked with us to highlight the plight of people who may not have access to funding for IVF and is a regular columnist.
Louise, who featured at number 21, said: “My birth being named as one of the top 100 moments that shaped the world is a fantastic tribute to Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe and the work that they did. My bit was easy, I was just born like everyone else! The science and medical expertise of those two men and their team continues to bring hope and joy to millions of people all over the world today.”
The international survey, commissioned by Hilton Hotels as part of its 100th anniversary, polled 7,000, voted the conclusion of the second World War as the most impactful moment of the last century, followed by the first organ transplant in 1954 and the first heart transplant in 1967.
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