Seven years after putting her ovarian tissue in cold storage, a Belgian woman has become the first to have a child using a procedure that promises to preserve fertility.

Ouarda Touirat, 32, gave birth to a healthy, 3.72 kilogram (about 8.2 pound) baby girl named Tamara yesterday at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels, Belgium.

“Our findings open new perspectives for young cancer patients facing premature ovarian failure,” says Jacques Donnez of Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, who led the research. “Ovarian tissue cryopreservation should be an option offered to all young women diagnosed with cancer, in conjunction with other existing options for fertility preservation.”

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