LIFE

These 2 Girls Were The First ‘Test-Tube’ Babies. Decades Later, They Meet For The First Time

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

If you look back just a couple of years, you can see just how far we’ve come, especially in regards to health. So many new tools have been invented and tested that ended up proving useful, and they have made our lives much easier and more comfortable.

Innovations like IVF have greatly changed the landscape of health care — but the road to making this procedure commonplace wasn’t easy.

For example, did you know that the world’s first “test-tube” babies were born in the ’70s and ’80s? Louise Brown was the first, born in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Carr was the United States’ first child born via IVF. Neither of their lives was easy, as their development was well documented by the media: at the time, their pictures appeared in practically every magazine and newspaper.

Despite their fame, Louise and Elizabeth had never met face-to-face. That changed recently when both women were invited to the same event.

The two had talked via video chat, but seeing one another in person was totally different. Being the two first children conceived in test tubes, they understand one another and the unique struggles they faced in early childhood.

Great strides have been made since they were born, but both women hope that IVF and the ability to have a child will soon be available to all, not just those who can afford the steep cost.

Please SHARE if you remember the key moments in history when both Louise and Elizabeth were born and made headlines!

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