2-Year-Old Undergoes Fertility Procedure So She Can Have Children

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ovaryTwo-year-old Violet Lee of Brooklyn, New York, might want to have kids someday. But the toddler starts chemotherapy treatments this week (she suffers from a serious autoimmune disorder) and they could hurt her chances of ever conceiving a child -- chemo and radiation can cause sterility.

Violet's mom couldn't bear the thought of her daughter not being able to have children. So tomorrow, Violet will become the youngest person ever to undergo an experimental "fertility preservation" procedure, during which a doctor will remove and freeze one of her ovaries.

Her tiny organ will be put on ice and be ready for re-implantation if Violet decides to have kids when she grows up.

Kutluk Oktay, the doctor doing the procedure on Violet, has already performed the surgery on about 40 girls under the age of 18 (the youngest was 3). But while ovary transplants have shown some success in women, it's unclear whether they will have the same success in little girls since their ovaries will have to be frozen for many more years -- even decades.

Would you have your toddler undergo such a procedure if you feared she might not be able to have biological children?

Image via euthman/Flickr

toddler health, infertility, fertility

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lilti... liltiger86

I would not do it, I understand why someone would but this child is going through a lot already and how does she feel about it now? Even if she could not have children biologically doesn't mean she can't have them at all, there is the option f adoption and right now there are so many homeless babies and children even I would adopt if I could afford it because they deserve a family and a good home. But I do hope she has good health and gets though it

texan... texanmommy

Hard decision, I could not say what I would do if it were my dd. She deserves the chance to make the choice of having bio kids IMO. It should not be that her only option is to adopt due to her current medical needs. But it would be a tough thing to put your baby through, knowing that it could be pointless if the cryo does not preserve the tissue  eggs so that they are still viable. I hope she does well, and gets through all that she faces!

MamaM... MamaMindx

I think later on in life she will be extremely thankful that someone was looking out for her future when she was a young child..I think this is a very good idea and cannot hurt to try.

Selmada Selmada

She may never want to have kids, but if she does, she may have a chance now.


Yes, adoption is an option for some. Its not an option for all. I spent a great deal of time researching adoption while I was battling infertility. I found that these waiting kids needed the right family, not just any family (for example a child with the note "cannot be in a home with pets or younger children" indicates a child with some very special needs who needs a family who can cope with them)


More than this treatment working out, I hope she recovers from her autoimmune disorder to live, let alone live long enough to have kids.

tabi_... tabi_cat1023

I think its a great idea and worth a shot...I would be happy if my mom did this for me if I were Violet

tweet... tweetyb824

I think that I would do the same thing if it was my daughter.

zoeys... zoeysmom331

I would probably do the same thing. At least the mother is thinking of her child as an adult, instead of assuming her child is going to die before then.

peanu... peanut081981

It's nice to see so many people agree with this mom. I think I would probably at least try.

shell81 shell81

If I was in that position I would do it for my daughter....

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