Ukraine has overtaken Greece with ‘three-person baby’!

Published 17/04/2019 in Medicine, Society

Ukraine has overtaken Greece with ‘three-person baby’!

“The inseparable right of a woman to become a mother with her own genetic material has become a reality,” the president of the Institute of Life in Athens said. He added: “We are very proud to announce international innovation in the field of assisted reproduction, and now we have the opportunity to make the birth of a child a reality for women with several unsuccessful attempts of artificial insemination”.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has long been introducing this very international innovation on the territory of its state. A third world country, as it is often called, is already successfully conducting a unique mitochondrial donation program in local human reproduction centers.
https://biotexcom.com/a-unique-method-to-get-pregnant-in-your-40s-with-your-own-eggs/

The mitochondrial donation procedure was the next step after donation of eggs and surrogacy. Now, even 40+ years old women have the opportunity to independently carry and give birth to genetically their child. Earlier, many have criticized surrogacy, claiming that it is the exploitation of the female body and the disparagement of honor and dignity of a woman. With mitochondria donation, a barren woman herself carries a baby. The donor only shares healthy mitochondria necessary for successful conception. But even here not everyone is satisfied with the ethical side of the issue.

Thus, some doctors from Britain claim that “the two spheres of application of this method – assistance in conceiving and avoiding transmission of a genetic disease – are very different from a moral point of view”. And therefore, they propose to apply the program only for patients with serious genetic diseases.

Ukraine decided not to dwell only on the genetic cause of childlessness, and successfully uses the method of mitochondrial donation for treatment 40+ women with infertility. Some European doctors believe that this technology may also increase the chances of artificial insemination. Ukrainian embryologists, on the other hand, are already conducting mitochondrial donation for patients who have gone through numerous unsuccessful IVF attempts.

To remind, the first “child from three parents” was born in Mexico. Why did the first such children appear not in New York, for example, but in Mexico City and Kyiv – in countries in which no one expected an innovation headship? The answer is simple: because in Mexico and Ukraine it is not prohibited, as for example, in the USA. That is why a team of American doctors traveled to Mexico to conduct such a program there.

The Greek team of doctors also worked together with the Spanish Embryology Center. The Ukrainian experts did everything themselves. They have all the necessary for this – equipment, legality of conducting programs using modern ART, and, most importantly, highly professional specialists in the field of embryology and gynecology.

Today, the global medical community is more focused on helping women with genetic diseases that can be transmitted to the fetus or affect its development and life. Ukrainian specialists, first of all, use mitochondrial donation in the struggle against infertility and the inability of women to carry a child due to mitochondria damage (low functional activity).

 
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  • Olivia - 22/04/2019 Reply

    Nowadays, there appear more and more new technologies in our world. Not all of them are helpful but still this one may work out

  • Broderik - 22/04/2019 Reply

    I do not quite understand what ‘three-person baby’ is. Does it mean that a baby will be conceived from 2 donors?

  • Ava - 22/04/2019 Reply

    Hi Broderik. The baby is genetically related to the parents on 100%. The couple will need only a mitochondrial donor.

  • Broderik - 22/04/2019 Reply

    Why then it is called “three-person baby? How does it work?

  • Ava - 22/04/2019 Reply

    It is a new method and I am happy because it helped me a lot. I was one of those who decided to try it on themselves. I didn’t really believe but now I am on the 18th week of pregnancy and can’t stop thanking God for this miracle!
    I can’t say who it really works only can explain in my own words. Mitochondria help our cells to be stronger and more energetic. It doesn’t carry any DNA genes so that is why we are absolutely genetically related to our daughter. She is ours at 100%.
    They retrieve mitochondria from a donor, retrieve clients eggs and then transfer mitochondria to eggs and fertilize them with fathers sperm. In 5 days there is embryos transfer.

    • Esmeralda937 - 22/04/2019 Reply

      What do you mean by saying “no genes”? I know that these cells carry DNA as well

      • Ava - 22/04/2019 Reply

        Yes, but it is a sort of mitochondrial DNA and there’s nothing common with a human one. It doesn’t have any donors genes and serves as additional power for the embryo development

        • Esmeralda937 - 22/04/2019 Reply

          Useful
          tnx

    • DonnaT - 23/04/2019 Reply

      Wow, congrats to you! I am so happy to see more people whose mitochondrial donation was successful, since I am thinking myself to try it out. Where have you done it? In Ukraine?

      • Ava - 23/04/2019 Reply

        Thanks, hun, for your kind words. I’m on the 18th week of pregnancy now. Everything went normal so I’m pretty happy with the procedure and clinic in general.

        • DonnaT - 26/04/2019 Reply

          Happy to hear that! I hope everything goes well for you and your child.

  • Melissa - 22/04/2019 Reply

    It is not so new. I heard that this therapy has been already conducted in Britain. Nothing special, I think. Just desire to earn more money.

  • Daniel - 22/04/2019 Reply

    I agree with Melissa. It didn’t help me! I paid for the unique procedure but it was conducted as an ordinary IVF or ICSI and hoe should I know if this replacement really was??? Especially if it failed!

    • DobrevM - 23/04/2019 Reply

      Wow, you are being way too critical. If it didn’t work it doesn’t necessary mean that it’s a scam! You know how human body is, you can’t predict it…

      • Daniel - 23/04/2019 Reply

        Not really. I’m rather realistic, you know. It goes without saying that our body and everything that concerns our health is unpredictable but sometimes we should play it safe to avoid issues. But it’s only my point of view.

        • DobrevM - 23/04/2019 Reply

          I hear you but I think if there is still a chance to get pregnant after numerous failed attempts, I don’t see a reason to bail on it. Where have you done the donation btw?

  • Ava - 22/04/2019 Reply

    It’s a matter of trust, you know. If you can trust people than you will never get satisfactory answers for all of your questions. You will never know and will never be confident.

  • Esmeralda937 - 22/04/2019 Reply

    I am from London and have IVF here. I heard about Mitochondrial donation program and was interested in this treatment. But then, I found out that they transfer a nucleus with mitochondria so I had to refuse, thus there will be a certain percentage of genes. I wanted to have my own baby without any genetiс inheritance to the donor.

    • Ava - 24/04/2019 Reply

      Mitochondrial DNA and human DNA are differing. I read a lot about this and know that mitochondria don’t carry any human DNS genes, but the nucleus does. So I know that I am related to my child at 100 percent. I rely on facts and evidence and for me, it is the only thing which really matters.

  • Srawberry - 22/04/2019 Reply

    I found a website with some info about “three-parent babies” were born in Britain last year.
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2160120-first-uk-three-parent-babies-could-be-born-this-year/

  • DonnaT - 23/04/2019 Reply

    Technology these days does wonders, I can’t even imagine what awaits us in future. I have already read about this method on different forums and reviews are incredible! And what’s even more surprising, almost all ladies underwent this treatment in Ukraine, in biotexcom. It seems that this clinic has no boundaries with innovations. I was thinking about trying this method because it is so appealing but I am not quite sure with all the three-parents-drama thing. I think it’s a great opportunity for women like me but… you know… everything experimental is scary!

  • DobrevM - 23/04/2019 Reply

    Well then, props to Ukraine for being so clever! However, I wonder why only biotexcom provides this service in Ukraine? It seems that biotexcom has turned into this crazy corporation haha. But I personally know a couple that had their baby there, the girl is turning 2 this year, such a lovely baby girl! If you are still in doubts about biotexcom, don’t sleep on it, the clinic is a prominent one!

  • Daniel - 23/04/2019 Reply

    Innovations – it is great, but not all of them are so good as the owners say. In most cases, it’s just PR. I don’t believe in miracles. If everything is so great why our humanity is so unhappy???

    • DobrevM - 23/04/2019 Reply

      As I have said, you are way too critical! And as to humanity how far-fetched is that?) This is life, you know, you can’t expect every single person to be happy!

  • Amanda - 23/04/2019 Reply

    I’ve been at BTC today and can say that this place is very popular. So much people were there from different countries and all of them seemed happy. I didn’t notice any dissatisfied couples so I am definitely choosing this clinic for my treatment. Tomorrow I’m signing my contract and starting my Mitochondrial treatment. Good luck to you, guys!

    • DonnaT - 23/04/2019 Reply

      Wow, fingers crossed for you! What about the whole three-parents-drama thing? Or you don’t really mind it?

      • Amanda - 24/04/2019 Reply

        I don’t. I don’t pay attention to such things in most cases.

        • DonnaT - 26/04/2019 Reply

          That’s interesting, but what if donor’s genes take over yours for example?

          • Amanda - 06/05/2019

            I think that it won’t happen as it is possible only in case of egg donation.

  • 77765830 - 24/04/2019 Reply

    Agree with you. So many clients are there! That’s great that there are such places in the world where people can get qualified treatment. I can’t just understand why Ukraine is called ‘third world country’ if it is the only country in the world which conducts this treatment?

    • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

      I have been to biotexcom clinic today and what can I say, I am shocked at the number of clients. The clinic is truly a prosperous one! Some were even sitting on the staircase! I have undergone 3 IVF treatments back home and honestly I haven’t seen such a busy clinic before.

      • CandiceA - 02/05/2019 Reply

        I don’t remember clinic being that busy when we were visiting it but maybe we got lucky) Though I do know that the waiting time was prolonged not so long ago because of the number of clients. I am on 3rd month of pregnancy, we were recommended the mitochondrial donation and I am so happy that we went through with it.

  • StellaS - 24/04/2019 Reply

    Bad clinic! I refused their services and ended the contract.

    • 77765830 - 25/04/2019 Reply

      Really? Didn’t notice any issues. Why do you say so?

      • StellaS - 25/04/2019 Reply

        I emailed them for two weeks and didn’t get the answer. Then I tried to call them and the result was the same. Two more weeks later I got an email with apologies and doc with information. When I started to email them again, they didn’t want to give me a desirable contract due to doctors prohibitions, though there weren’t any serious problems with my health. So I refused their services and switched to another clinic with more professional staff and a better attitude.

        • Ava - 25/04/2019 Reply

          WOW! That’s weird. I got my email from them the very next day and there was no lack of communication at all. Everything was at the highest level.

        • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

          Sounds suspicious) You should have read the contract carefully and if your doctor doesn’t recommend you to undergo a certain procedure, it’s better to listen. You should understand that this kind of treatment is a very serious one and if you are prohibited to undergo it, you better don’t because it’s a huge risk for your health.

          • CandiceA - 02/05/2019

            Yeah, I agree with Mila. Sometimes we underestimate possible risks, I think that it’s great that doctors do care about your health and it only proves that biotexcom is not a cash grab but actually cares about their clients’ health!

  • Olivia - 25/04/2019 Reply

    I was at the clinic yesterday and had my transfer. The doctors are professionals and I can fully rely on them and their prescriptions. If they said that you can’t undergo this or that treatment, why should you argue with them if you are not a doctor?
    For me, everything went good, they all were kind and attentive to me. There was nothing to worry about. I feel good and full of hope! So I wish you the same. And don’t be so critical. Anything might happen.

  • Mona - 25/04/2019 Reply

    Today, I have finally signed my Mitochondrial Donation contract! I have been waiting for this chance for a long time and now I will do everything possible and impossible to achieve my long-awaited pregnancy! Cool place, cool people… Good luck guys!

    • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

      We are in this together then, fingers crossed that everything works out for us!

      • CandiceA - 02/05/2019 Reply

        I am quite sure it will! Good luck and sending baby dust your way!

  • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

    We have signed our contract on mitochondrial donation today. Finally, my husband and I found the way) So happy with the clinic, very busy, professional atmosphere. Answered all our questions and what actually really surprised me, managers speak really good English.

    • Andy - 26/04/2019 Reply

      So where did you sign the contract, in Greece or Ukraine?

      • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

        Not sure you have read the article attentively. I have signed everything in biotexcom, a Ukrainian clinic.

        • Andy - 02/05/2019 Reply

          Hope then everything will go as planned) Keep us posted pls

  • Andy - 26/04/2019 Reply

    Don’t really understand why Ukraine has overtaken Greece? Hmm, does it mean then that they conduct the same procedure in Greece? I wonder what the prices are like then, where is it cheaper

    • Mila - 26/04/2019 Reply

      You won’t find anywhere cheaper than Ukraine, believe me, we had been to so many clinics before biotexcom. And it’s the only clinic where we actually saw with our own eyes happy parents with their children. They were waiting in the same room with us and we even had an opportunity to talk to them and ask questions.

      • Andy - 02/05/2019 Reply

        I’ve checked biotexcom’s prices on their website and must admit, you are right. I googled the clinic and it seems that there are more positive reviews. As to negative ones, some people are unhappy with the way they were treaded, waiting, documents complication stuff etc…

        • CandiceA - 02/05/2019 Reply

          I mean for people who have been trying for years, waiting a manager for 20 minutes isn’t crucial. Of course you should choose anything you are personally comfortable with, but I think that busyness of the clinic only demonstrates how good it is.

    • CandiceA - 02/05/2019 Reply

      Well, I think because Ukraine is a leader in mitochondrial donation. Not many clinics can boast with numerous successful procedures. I know that some people still feel hesitant because of the whole 3 parents drama, but I believe that it’s nonsense. There are many people who opt donation and choose donors only based on physical resemblance. Parents are those, who raised you, and if mitochondrial donation gives you a slightest chance of being a true relative, I think it’s wonderful!

      • Manjula - 02/05/2019 Reply

        I can’t wrap my mind around even a simple IVF and you speak about mitochondrial donation… I think it supposes too many transportations and seem like a very complicated process, I am not sure if a baby will be healthy after everything, This is too much involvement, in my opinion.

        • Manjula - 02/05/2019 Reply

          *seems

  • CandiceA - 02/05/2019 Reply

    Yeah, I agree with Mila. Sometimes we underestimate possible risks, I think that it’s great that doctors do care about your health and it only proves that biotexcom is not a cash grab but actually cares about their clients’ health!

  • Manjula - 02/05/2019 Reply

    What about democracy? I mean it’s our choice, not their to decide.

  • Sage - 06/05/2019 Reply

    Hi. I was considering a mitochondrial donation in Greece but then, I heard that this treatment is conducted in Ukraine. Now I am on the crossroad. Ukraine is much cheaper. but feedbacks are pretty good about Greece. I didn’t find any proven records about positive results in Kiev. Don’t know, frankly speaking. I’d probably continue with Greece…

  • Esmeralda937 - 14/05/2019 Reply

    I chatted with one lady who has already undergone this treatment and has a positive outcome. You should probably read some forums, I’m sure there is info about that matter

  • Erica - 14/05/2019 Reply

    Hello there. I found this article and decided to write here. I’ve been ttc for 3 years and was looking for different ways to solve this problem. I knew about this treatment several years ago but it wasn’t affordable for us. We wanted to conceive naturally or at least with our material rather than with donors’. After I learned that it has been already conducted in Ukraine I went there without any doubts. After our initial consultation, we signed Perfect Chance contract in BTC!))

  • Fabian - 14/05/2019 Reply

    We have chosen Greece. Our SM is on the 23rd week of pregnancy and we are glad about our choice. They helped us a lot.

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