Making the miracle happen

DUBAI - After having opted for vasectomy earlier on, 48-year-old German, Peter Raederscheidt, decided he wanted another baby with his life partner of three years. Since this was impossible through normal methods, the couple sought treatment at the Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre (DGFC). The couple now has a eight-month-old son, Sammy, thanks to the fertility treatment.


Asma Ali Zain

Published: Thu 22 Mar 2012, 4:04 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:44 PM

“My husband underwent the procedure (vasectomy) after he had children from an earlier relationship. But after we married in Dubai, we decided to start a family,” explained 41-year-old Tourta Drouzi from Morocco during the second annual gathering to celebrate the reunion of miracle babies at Creek Park on Wednesday.Tourta explained that the procedure took only three months and was successful on the first attempt. “I am happy with the treatment and the result,” she said, adding that she would not opt for further treatment.

Over 250 babies were born during 2010-2011 due to the centre’s assisted reproductive treatment.

“Other than the 250 babies, we are still waiting for the final number (patients still to deliver),” said Dr Awatif Al Bahar, Medical Director DGFC and Consultant in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Endocrine Infertility at the Dubai Health Authority. To date, over 1,200 babies have been born at the centre that has been operational since 1991.

Dr Awatif also said that the centre’s success rate is over 55 per cent which ranks the facility among the most successful in the world. “We have countless success stories, people that we have helped achieve a dream that they thought impossible,” she added.

Over the last two years, the number of patients visiting DGFC has doubled, and new treatments and techniques developed. The centre also offers gender selection which is among the main attractions for couples from the world over.“Sex selection is costly and is not allowed in some countries such as Belgium, other Gulf states and India from where we also get a large number of patients for treatment,” said Dr Awatif. However, the procedure is offered to selective couples only.

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