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A little miracle, 20 years in the making

Her arrival is a breakthrough for IVF treatment but for parents Rachel and Con Coussiounelos, baby Elena is simply the answer to their parenthood dreams.

The two-week-old is the first baby born in Australia using a pioneering EmbryoGen technology developed in Adelaide, that increases IVF embryo implantation rates by 40 per cent and has been designed to help women who have suffered miscarriages.

 

Mrs Coussiounelos, 36, suffered six miscarriages over three years before taking part in an EmbryoGen trial through clinic Fertility SA in 2012.

She became pregnant on her first IVF cycle.

“We’d given up hope that there was anything out there to help us,” said Mrs Coussiounelos, of Mawson Lakes, who had Elena at Calvary Hospital on AprilĀ 18.

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