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Britain’s First Baby Born From A Frozen Embryo

March 10, 1985

LONDON, England (AP) _ Britain’s first test-tube baby from a frozen embryo has been born in a Manchester hospital, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. The newspaper said it was a healthy, 6-pound 5-ounce boy.

Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, who pioneered work in test-tube babies, implanted the embryo in the womb of Janet Jackson, 34. The embryo had been frozen in liquid nitrogen for three months, said the Mail, which bought rights to the story.

″He’s a perfect baby, an absolutely lovely little chap,″ the father, art teacher Tony Jackson, was quoted as saying.

A spokesman at St. Mary’s Hospital, where Gregory Martin Jackson was born Friday night, said the hospital could give no details and had been instructed to refer media inquiries to the Jackson’s attorney. There was no answer from the attorney’s telephone.

The world’s first frozen embryo baby was born in Melbourne, Australia, last year. Since then, at least five more have been born in Melbourne, including twins, and one in Rotterdam, Holland.

The Mail said Ms. Steptoe and Edwards removed five eggs from Mrs. Jackson last April, fertilized them with her husband’s sperm, placed three in her womb and froze the other two.

Mrs. Jackson, who had tried to have a baby for eight years, miscarried the three embryos. She then returned to the doctors’ clinic, Bourne Hall in Cambridgeshire, last June, the newspaper said.

The frozen embryos were thawed out. One was defective, but the other was implanted in Mrs. Jackson’s womb, the Mail said.

Ms. Steptoe and Edwards were responsible for the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, born in Oldham, England, on July 25, 1978.

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