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, Ilona and Stan Slezinger through a surrogate mother in Mumbai.
Online PR News – 13-May-2010 – – Ilona could not get pregnant due to genetic complications. The 43-year-old is 4.1 feet tall. “Dwarf women don’t respond well to hormonal stimulation to produce ripe ova, and they have difficulty carrying and delivering babies normally because of their narrow pelvises,” said Dr Nandita Palshetkar. The Slezingers tried in vitro fertilisation (IVF) twice in New York between 2005 and 2007 but failed both times. With the favourable surrogacy laws and infrastructure that India offers, they looked zeroed in on a surrogacy agency here.
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,” said DrHrishikesh Pai.
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.
About Dr Pai
Dr. Hrishikesh D. Pai MD, FCPS, FICOG, has been in the field of IVF since 14 years. He did his one year fellowship in Reproductive Biology from the University of Melbourne Australia, in 1989. He is the scientific director of Two IVF units in Mumbai- 'The Babies & Us' Fertility, IVF & ICSI Centre at Opera House & 'The Advanced Fertility Centre' At the Lilavati Hospital, Bandra. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Micromanipulation in India. Recently he has brought IMSI technology to Bloom IVF centres at Lilavati & D Y Patil for improving the success rate of IVF cases. 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. He has helped to start many IVF units all over India-Guwahati, Jullandar, Raipur, Kakinada, Nagarcoil, Amritsar, Vijaywada, Allahabad, Kanpur to name a few.
About Dr. Nandita Palshetkar
She is a board Certified Gynaecologist in practice for the last 12 years. She graduated from the prestigious Grant Medical College and J.J. Group of Hospitals, having stood second in her examinations. She received her formal training in ART & Micromanipulation at the prestigious UZ Ghent Hospital, Ghent Belgium in 1996. Recently she visited the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia where she got exposed to newer techniques in improving pregnancy rates in ART. 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.
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