The authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have announced the delivery of two babies resulting from In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Human Sperm Retrieval and Embryo Transfer.
The announcement was jointly made by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Eugene Okpere, and the Programme Director, IVF Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Professor A.A. Orhue, on Thursday in Benin City.
While presenting the second of the two babies delivered through the IVF process, popularly known as test-tube babies, the duo expressed joy at the delivery from the process which they described as unique.
Professor Okpere said the baby being publicly presented was a pregnancy resulting from August Batch of 20 couples from which eight pregnancies occurred.
He explained that the delivery followed an IVF treatment which took place at UBTH about 2:15 p.m. on April 28, 2008.
According to him, two of the women had miscarriage at two and three months, stating that the remaining six pregnancies had all attained viability and were now achieving delivery one after another.
Okpere added that the parents of the first baby reside outside Benin and were unable to be present at the occasion because they were only discharged on May 5.
He said the feat was the first ever achieved in UBTH in its 35 years of existence.