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Filipino couple celebrates birth of their test tube babies made in Taiwan


A hospital from Taichung threw a cake-cutting ceremony last Friday (December 11) to congratulate the Filipino couple who flew in Taiwan and succeeded on having their own twins through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the country.

The couple came from Baguio City and went to Taiwan with all their savings to avail IVF and have their own babies after 17 years of waiting.

IVF is a scientific process where an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries and introduced to a sperm in a clear plate called petri dish in a laboratory for fertilization to occur. Once the egg is fertilized, it will be returned in the woman's womb for it to grow and develop just like how normal babies do. Babies made though IVF are commonly called in vitro babies or test tube babies.

According to President Lee Maw-sheng of Lee Women's Hospital, the couple initially planned to fly back in the Philippines after the 45-year-old wife got pregnant but they were unable to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of their expenses during their stay in Taiwan, the couple are now financially trapped in the country. However, Lee said that the hospital will voluntarily finance the couple's ticket back to the Philippines in January with their twins.


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