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IVF specialists Dr Hrishikesh Pai and Dr Nandita Palshetkar deliver continent-hopping test tube baby
IVF specialists Dr Hrishikesh Pai and Dr Nandita Palshetkar at Lilavati Hospital have brought to life a test tube baby who trotted the globe before she was born. Baby Daniela was born to American parents, through a surrogate mother in Mumbai.
Daniela started off as a five-day-old embryo created in 2007. She was placed in a straw, which was then sealed in a cryo-cylinder and couriered through Fedex. In January 2009 the delicate parcel was couriered through a specialised Canadian agency that handles cryogenic transfers. The Slezingers picked up their baby’s surrogate mother while in the US. When the frozen embryos arrived in Mumbai after the delay, there were five of them. “Each cylinder comes with a protocol on how to thaw. It is a precise technology. The embryo is in liquid nitrogen and the technology used in this case was ‘slow freezing’ which has a much lower survival rate than the newer method of ‘vitrification,”
After a first failed attempt with the surrogate mother, the second implantation by Dr Pai and Dr Palshetkar did the trick. It was a highly technically skilled that required the specialists to give their absolute best.
Bloom IVF centres in India:
Lilavati Hospital’s Bloom IVF Centre, Bandra, Mumbai, (Tel. 022- 26438280)
D.Y.Patil Hospital’s Bloom IVF Centre, New Mumbai (Tel. 022- 39215999)
La Femme Fortis Bloom IVF, New Delhi (Tel. 011- 40579400)
Fortis Bloom IVF Centre at Fortis hospital, Chandigarh
Fortis Bloom IVF, Fortis Hiranandnani, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
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About Dr Pai
Dr. Hrishikesh D. Pai MD, FCPS, FICOG, has been in the field of IVF since 14 years. He did his fellowship in Reproductive Biology from the University of Melbourne Australia. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Micromanipulation in India. He has also been instrumental in establishing the first Assisted Laser Hatching Unit in India. The unit has delivered one of the first few laser hatched twins in India in the year 1999.
About Dr. Nandita Palshetkar
A board Certified Gynaecologist for last 12 years. Graduated from the prestigious Grant Medical College and J.J. Group of Hospitals. She received her formal training in ART & Micromanipulation at the UZ Ghent Hospital, Ghent Belgium in 1996. She has co-founded the Babies And Us IVF & ICSI Centre, which has been functioning since 9 years. She has received advanced training in ICSI, Preimplantation Genetics & Laser Hatching at the famous Alpha School of Embryology, Naples Italy.