KSDK Channel 5, July 16, 2010
Amy Tucker, of Columbia, Illinois, became the first cancer survivor in the United States to give birth [watch news video] thanks to fertility preservation procedures performed by a doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield.
Tucker was 19 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and told she could never have children. She was treated with chemotherapy and her cancer was cured, but she soon relapsed, needing more sterilizing treatment for the cancer.
A healthcare provider told Tucker about Dr. Sherman Silber, director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. Dr. Silber had been leading the way in fertility preservation for woman in these situations.
Tucker decided to have Dr. Silber remove and freeze one of her ovaries in hopes that she would be able to have children once her cancer was gone.
Tucker was cured of cancer and has been in remission since 2001. In January 2009, she returned to Dr. Silber and he transplanted her ovarian tissues that were frozen more than a decade earlier.
The surgery was successful [watch news video], and on May 27, 2010, Tucker gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Grant Patrick Tucker.
Tucker is one of a couple dozen women worldwide who have chosen ovary freezing to protect them from the sterilizing effects of cancer treatmen