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First US IVF baby reacts to death of IVF pioneer

The world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, has paid tribute to the pioneering scientist who helped her mother give birth.

In a statement, the 38-year-old said: “I am so sad to hear of the death of Professor Robert Edwards. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

Professor Edwards, who was 87, developed in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) with colleague Patrick Steptoe.

‘A medical miracle’

Their work led to the birth of Louise, nicknamed the “test-tube baby”, in 1978.

Since then, IVF has helped millions of couples around the world have children.

In 2010, Louise spoke of her gratitude to the scientists, saying: “I think they did an amazing thing – not just for me, but for millions of people who can now have children.”

(Boston Globe) Boston.com’s very own Elizabeth Comeau was the first baby born in the US through IVF and reacted to the death of IVF’s pioneer. By Darren Durlach / Globe Staff