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Lesley Brown, who was the first mother to have a child via in vitro fertilization, has died, according to the Telegraph.
The birth of her daughter Louise made history in 1978. Lesley died at age 64 after a brief illness.
Sad news indeed -- she went through the procedures after nine years of trying to get pregnant on her own, according to MSNBC.
As the mother of a 4-year-old son conceived through IVF, I'm so thankful for the bravery of the family and for the pioneering researchers, as well. So hard to think that our own sweet child wouldn't exist if it wasn't for all of their efforts. Not to mention the tens of thousands of children born last year alone thanks to the procedure.
So thank you, Lesley, and my sympathies to Louise and the rest of the family. Rest in peace.