IVF leaves baby with a lower risk of breast cancer, despite family history


To little Noah, – the first with the name baby born free of the “Angelina Jolie” cancer gene, thanks to a pioneering IVF treatment.

If the Hollywood stars, Noah’s mother, Danielle Taggar is a carrier of the faulty BRCA1-gen.

It means she must have a mastectomy by the age of 28 years and a full hysterectomy in her thirties, to reduce her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Her mother, aunts, and cousins all fought against breast cancer.

And Danielle, 24, did not want her own children to go through the same struggle for life.

So she opted for state-of-the-art ivf treatment to have her embryos to be screened for the BRCA mutation before they were implanted.

Carried out at CARE Fertility in Nottingham and funded by the NHS, Danielle began self-injecting with hormones in October 2014, to encourage her body to produce more eggs. Nine were harvested and four fertilized those who survived.

Screening revealed that three of them had the terrifying mutation.

Danielle had just one embryo with a chance of success — and it worked.

Son of Noah, which runs on a Friday, was born free of the gene, reducing the risk of developing prostate and breast cancer.

Danielle, who lives with her partner, Mason Bradshaw, 25, in Blaby, Leics, said: “your mother was everything I thought it would be and more.

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