In March 2017, the Newcastle-upon-tyne NHS Foundation Trust was the first site in the world to be approved by the HFEA as an 'authorised site' to undertake mitochondrial donation.
Since that date, individual licences for patient treatment have been submitted to the HFEA for approval on a case by case basis and a new 'reproduce choices service' was set up in Newcastle in April 2017 to look after families wishing to explore this and other reproductive options.
For more information on this clinic please visit: http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk
The Lily Foundation are delighted to have been instrumental in the recent change in UK law to allow the use of a new IVF technique known as 'Mitochondrial Donation' or 'Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy'.
This technique aims to stop the transmission of some types of Mitochondrial Disease from mother to child.
In its simplest terms, the technique involves replacing the unhealthy mitochondria in a woman who carries the disease, with the healthy mitochondria from a donor woman, during the process of IVF.
The resulting baby would have all the genetic traits of the mother and father but would also have healthy mitochondria from a donor woman so would be free from disease. It could be thought of like replacing the batteries in a toy - the toy remains exactly the same, it just has the power to work properly.