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First test tube mother dies

21st June 2012

Lesley Brown, the woman who gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby in July 1978, has died at the age of 64.

Mrs Brown, from Whitchurch, Bristol, made history when her daughter Louise was born at Oldham General Hospital by being the first woman to give birth following IVF treatment. She had successfully conceived following pioneering treatment by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. She died at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on 6 June with her family by her side.

 

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