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article imageEmbryo Survived From Hurricane Katrina Is Now A Baby

By nidsjourno     Jan 16, 2007 in Health
Noah Benton Markham is the first ever baby boy born on Tuesday by a frozen embryo rescued from floods at Hurricane Katrina. Noah’s embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen at the time floods hit New Orleans' Lakeland Hospital.
Noah Benton Markham is the first ever baby boy born on Tuesday by a frozen embryo rescued from floods at Hurricane Katrina. Noah’s embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen at the time floods hit New Orleans' Lakeland Hospital.
The floods hit the hospital where he and some 1,400 other embryos were stored in tanks of coolant. The infant, who has been named after Noah – the great survivor and truly reflects his name as his birth on Tuesday is nothing short of a miracle.
The embryo-containing tanks were first moved from the first floor to the third as the storm’s intensity grew. However, the hurricane waters entered the hospital till 8 feet and cut off the electricity.
Rebekah Markham, 32, mother of Noah said many women like her, who desired to have baby through IVF would had to undergo another expensive round of fertility drugs, egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization, if the hospital did not freeze their embryos.
Rebekah Markham estimated her first pregnancy cost $12,000 but she was happy to have Noah, who now weighs 8 pounds, 6 1/2 ounces at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
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