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Japan’s First Test-Tube Baby Dies

November 12, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ A girl who had been Japan’s first test-tube baby died Sunday in the hospital where she was born a little more than two years ago, doctors said today.

The name of the girl and her 33-year-old mother, and the cause of death were witheld to ensure the family’s privacy, said Dr. Nobuaki Furuhashi of Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, 189 miles northeast of Tokyo.

News reports have said the girl died of pneumonia, and said she had been prone to catching colds.

Both the mother and child were healthy when Dr. Masakuni Suzuki delivered her by Caesarian section on Oct. 14, 1983, hospital officials said at the time. She weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.

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