Julie was conceived through gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and welcomed twins 32 years later
Leta Fletcher struggled to conceive for seven years due a hormonal imbalance and her endometriosis. Thanks to the innovative specialists at The Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO), Leta’s dream of having a family became a reality in 1989 when she learned she was pregnant after her gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT). Leta suffered a head-on collision during her pregnancy. But both she and her daughter survived the accident, and 11 weeks later Julie was born.
The story comes full circle as Julie, the 200th baby to be born with the help of FINO, gave birth to twins three decades later.
“It’s amazing how far we have come with reproductive science since Leta was our patient,” says Dr. Jay Huber, FINO medical director. “While the GIFT procedure was cutting-edge technology in the ’80s and had a 10%-20% success rate with high chances of twins, we now have IVF with success rates as high as 50%-60% in some cases. And we now have the ability to perform elective single embryo transfer, which significantly reduces the risk of becoming pregnant with multiples.”
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About The Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO)
Founded in 1976, The Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO) is the first fertility clinic in Louisiana, achieving many fertility medicine advancements in the Gulf South. FINO continues to provide cutting-edge patient care informed by physicians who teach the latest in fertility medicine at LSU and Tulane medical schools. The staff’s care philosophy is to first, and continually, educate patients about infertility and their individual treatment options. We engage with people beyond conventional doctor-patient interactions to forge relationships, while offering competitive costs and treatments other area clinics don’t. FertilityInstitute.com