IVF, Louise Brown

First IVF baby’s 40th birthday: How a tiny girl changed science and the world

Source ABC

In July 1978, “You’re the one that I want” from Grease was top of the pops in Australia, women were marching for equal rights in the US, and Louise Joy Brown was born in the United Kingdom.

Weighing in at around 2.5 kilograms, the world’s first “test tube baby” was delivered by caesarean section under torchlight — to avoid tipping off the media — in Oldham General Hospital, shortly before midnight on July 25.

The Daily Mail reportedly paid around 325,000 British pounds for her first pictures — but even before The Lovely Louise was introduced to the world, she was famous.

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