Nigeria records first baby by ‘freezed egg’

Nigeria has recorded the birth of its first baby conceived through the oocyte (egg) freezing protocol.
The feat was recorded by The Bridge Clinic, Lagos, on February 16, with the delivery of a male child, named Tiwatope.
The oocyte was preserved through cryopreservation, which is the cooling of cells and tissues to sub-zero temperatures to stop biological activity and preserve the cells for future use.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Bridge clinic hosts 10th anniversary photo exhibition

The Bridge Clinic, a renowned Fertility Clinic in Nigeria recently organised a five-day photo exhibition as part of the events lined up to mark its 10th Year Anniversary at Terra Kulture, in Lagos State.T

he exhibition tagged Celebration of Achievements” to reflect the mood of The Bridge Clinic after one decade of successfully assisting couples to fulfil their dreams of parenting their own children, was declared open by Mrs. Ibukun Awosika who is the Chairperson of Chair Centre and former Chairperson, Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ).“Celebration of Achievements” had on display photos of children from birth to nine years old and also of The Bridge Clinic’s facility, all telling pictorial stories of the children’s successes and excellence.The uniqueness of the photo exhibition was evident in the sophistication of the imagery which portrayed artistically the very advanced technology at The Bridge Clinic. Also, the young talented photographer, Seyi Body-Lawson, creatively captured the essence of each child’s special achievements, talents, dreams and personality in vivid images that spoke volume.The children had outstanding records in sports, art, computer technology and exceptional academic performance from their various schools, at home and abroad. One of them represented Nigeria at an international gymnastic competition in Singapore recently.

Mrs. Awosika congratulated The Bridge Clinic for the “Celebration of Achievement” initiative commending the artistic and creative qualities of the photos of the children. She also advised couples to take advantage of the fertility technology available at The Bridge Clinic to resolve their fertility problems which can be a huge challenge in a society like Nigeria.Dr. Richard Ajayi, the Medical Director of The Bridge Clinic during his speech at the event revealed that The Bridge Clinic” has assisted a lot of couples and have been blessed with the birth of about 1,000 babies. He said: “Celebration of Achievement’ is organised to celebrate the accomplishment of these children.

Today we celebrate these children who have all grown to become great assets to their parents and also a source of our own fulfilment.” He attributed the facility’s achievements to the commitment, loyalty and professionalism of the staff over the years.The Bridge Clinic is known for its many innovations which have improved the standard of fertility medicine in Nigeria. It is the first ISO certified clinic in Nigeria and its many milestones include Birth of the first babies by Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) in 2000, delivery of the first baby by ICSI and Surgical Sperm Collection (SSC) in 2000, birth of the first baby through IVF Surrogacy in 2003, implementation of an internationally certified Quality Management System by TUV Austria in 2004 and the Launching of “Let I Happen Naturally” (LIHN) in 2004The Bridge Clinic is currently the only fertility centre in Nigeria to publish its results (including pregnancy rates). The Bridge Clinic also has its results independently verified by Akintola Williams Deloitte.

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