GLOBAL HEALTH MAGAZINE (JULY 2018)
The sacrifices that Puan Paurizan had to make to have a child are probably unimaginable to most women for whom pregnancy comes easily and naturally. During her first 10 years of marriage, she underwent three intrauterine inseminations at a public hospital in Malaysia to no avail. The procedure involved having sperm concentrated in the lab inserted into the uterus during ovulation to facilitate fertilisation.
After these failed attempts, she decided to try in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with the support of the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation (TAFF).
She was referred to Dato’ Dr Zamri from the Avisena Specialist Hospital and often had to endure three-hour drives to reach the hospital in Shah Alam for regular check-ups. Although Puan Paurizan and her husband had an unexplained fertility problem, IVF worked out remarkably well for them.
Four eggs were collected, three of which were fertilised while two were implanted successfully resulting in twins. When Dato’ Dr Zamri broke the news, Puan Paurizan recalls that she and her husband felt overjoyed and almost incredulous that after 10 years of marriage and at the age of 36 they would finally be parents of a baby girl and boy.