Sherman J. Silber, MD. Director of The Infertility Center of St. Louis, Missouri. USA:
Studies show that if you are pregnant with COVID-19 there is no harm to the fetus. Careful scientific studies also show that certain drugs such as Chloroquine are extremely effective in treating the virus. In addition, experimental studies have shown that getting plenty of sleep can improve resistance to the virus. There are many myths and rumors about this virus, but the data below from well-established academic centers will detail the validity of the above statements. -Dr. Sherman Silber
On May 27th, Amy and Jason Tucker of Columbia, Illinois became the proud parents of a new baby boy [watch news video]. Grant Patrick Tucker weighed in at 6-pounds, 13-ounces. A new baby is not that unusual, but Grant’s story is a bit different. It didn’t start 9 months before his birth, but more than ten years. And no, the couple didn’t go through years of infertility treatments.
Dr. Silber took some ovarian tissue and froze it in his lab while Amy was undergoing chemotherapy and even a bone marrow transplant. Amy beat the cancer and more than a decade later, decided to try to start a family. In January, 2009, Dr. Silber transplanted the tissue back into Amy. Although Amy was now 31, her ovarian tissue was that of a 19-year old. The ovary began functioning within a few months and a few months later, she was pregnant [watch news video]. Just under 9 months later (Grant was 3 weeks early), she delivered a healthy baby boy. Amy and Jason are thrilled and have settled in nicely with a new “boss” in the house.
This procedure offers new hope for women battling cancer and worried about their fertility. But there is one aspect of this happy story that bothers Amy and Dr. Silber. Insurance usually won’t pay for it. They consider this an infertility problem and they don’t pay for fertility treatments. Dr. Silber argues that this is a result of cancer treatment and thus insurance should pay. He adds that insurance will pay for breast reconstruction when a woman undergoes a mastectomy due to cancer.
Dr. Silber counts about two dozen success stories using this procedure for women with other female problems. He feels these success stories show this procedure is not experimental and that that argument should be rejected also. Dr. Silber intends to continue the fight to get coverage. He feels so strongly about it that he covers the cost in cancer cases like Amy’s.