Lesley Brown, mother of first test tube baby, dies in Bristol
Published: 20th Jun 2012 15:46:49
The woman who gave birth to the world's first test tube baby has died.
Lesley Brown, 64, who lived in Whitchurch, Bristol, made history in July 1978 when her daughter Louise was born at Oldham General Hospital.
Mrs Brown had been trying for a baby with her husband John for nine years before she became the first woman to give birth following IVF treatment.
She died at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on 6 June with her family by her side, it has been announced.
She successfully conceived following pioneering treatment by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards.
She leaves behind daughters Louise and Natalie, who were both born following IVF treatment, her stepdaughter Sharon and five grandchildren.
Her husband died five years ago.
A private funeral service was held in Bristol on Wednesday morning.
Mrs Brown's daughter Louise said: "Mum was a very quiet and private person who ended up in the world spotlight because she wanted a family so much.
"We are all missing her terribly."
Dr Steptoe and Prof Edwards set up the Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge two years after Louise Brown's birth. It has now become a leading centre for IVF treatment.
Speaking on behalf of Prof Edwards and the team at the clinic, chief executive Mike Macamee said: "Lesley was a devoted mum and grandmother and through her bravery and determination many millions of women have been given the chance to become mothers.
"She was a lovely, gentle lady and we will all remember her with deep affection."
Speaking in 2008, Mrs Brown said she had been so desperate to have a baby that she was willing to put up with anything to give birth.
Her blocked fallopian tubes meant getting pregnant naturally was impossible.
In 1976, she heard about new research and was referred to Dr Steptoe, after which she agreed to the experimental procedure.
Although other women had been implanted with fertilised eggs, Mrs Brown was the first to achieve a pregnancy which went beyond a few weeks.
At 01:21:56 in EnglandFlood protection has been restored to more than 100,000 properties in England left at risk after the wettest winter on record.
At 01:21:22 in EnglandAs part of a BBC Radio 3 series marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth five essayists are shedding light on the history and culture of the Midlands. In the first essay, novelist and journalist Geoff Dyer tries to work out what is the true home of the Midlander.
At 01:03:38 in HealthThe incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
At 00:57:50 in HeadlinesAs you enjoy another bank holiday, are you thinking "why don't we have more of them", asks Anthony Reuben.
At 00:50:10 in HeadlinesDavid Cameron could cause "alienation" with his comments about Christianity in the UK, public figures have warned.
At 00:40:07 in ScotlandScotland's first chocolate factory aroused suspicion at the outbreak of World War One. Why was it so strongly-built and why did it employ so many Germans? The authorities were called to investigate.
At 00:37:48 in EntertainmentAfter Joseph Heller published his seminal war novel Catch-22 he adapted the book for the stage. He hoped it would go to Broadway - but more than 40 years on, his script has very rarely been performed. Now it is finally getting its UK premiere.
At 00:30:27 in ScotlandAn Argyll seafood processor and an Isle of Bute textile firm are among 10 Scottish businesses to win prestigious Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
At 00:25:39 in ScotlandThe advent of the package holiday and the fashion for tans has seen skin cancer rates soar in Scotland since the 1970s, according to a charity.
At 00:23:25 in BusinessAn upstart rapidly rises from obscurity to become a household name by distributing a highly addictive product consumed by thousands.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Lesley Brown, mother of first test tube baby, dies in Bristol [Online] (Updated 20th Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1435800/Lesley-Brown-mother-of-first-test-tube-baby-dies-in-Bristol [Accessed 21st Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Decisions on the pay and conditions of teachers will "inevitably" be devolved to Wales, said a teaching union.
An upstart rapidly rises from obscurity to become a household name by distributing a highly addictive product consumed by thousands.
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
Luke Donald finished second at the RBC Heritage as Matt Kuchar's final-round 64 earned victory in South Carolina.
A number of events have been held in Northern Ireland to commemorate the anniversary of the Easter Rising.
After Joseph Heller published his seminal war novel Catch-22 he adapted the book for the stage. He hoped it would go to Broadway - but more than 40 years on, his script has very rarely been performed. Now it is finally getting its UK premiere.