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Hashmis suffer miscarriage setback

10 December 2003
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 238

Raj and Shahana Hashmi, the couple who fought to be able to create a 'saviour sibling' for their son Zain, have suffered a further blow. Shahana, who had succeeded in becoming pregnant after using IVF the tissue typing procedure. However, in April this year, the UK Court of Appeal allowed the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)'s appeal against the decision, which meant that the couple could proceed with the treatment in order to attempt to have a child who could save their existing son, Zain.

Zain has thalassaemia, an inherited blood condition, which might be able to be cured by a transplant of umbilical cord blood stem cells from a sibling with matching tissue. None of the Hashmis' other children are a tissue match for him.

The Hashmis began their third attempt at IVF in May, under the care of Nottingham's CARE at the Park hospital. They had hoped to be able to use stem cells from the umbilical cord blood of the new baby to treat Zain. Now the couple have revealed that the pregnancy ended in miscarriage. 'We are absolutely gutted', said Shahana, in a radio interview. 'We were so close to having that match. We could almost say: 'That's it, we've done it for Zain', she added, before saying that the couple would try for a baby again: 'we'll get there, I know we will', she said.

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22 March 2004 - by BioNews 
A second UK couple are hoping to use PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) to conceive an IVF baby free from beta thalassaemia, who will also be able to provide cord blood to treat a sibling with the incurable blood disorder. The IVF treatment will carried out at the private Centre for...
28 January 2004 - by BioNews 
The UK's House of Lords is to rule on a landmark legal battle over the creation of so-called 'saviour siblings'. A challenge has apparently been launched to a decision from the Court of Appeal that allowed a couple to use IVF with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and tissue-typing techniques to...
8 July 2003 - by Josephine Quintavalle 
What was described by the media as either the 'designer baby' or the 'Hashmi' case was, in effect, neither. The legal arguments in the courts were directed exclusively at the governance of policy making in assisted reproduction. Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE) argued that, in 1990, Parliament did not give...
19 May 2003 - by BioNews 
The UK Court of Appeal gave detailed reasons last week for its decision in April to allow Raj and Shahana Hashmi to proceed with IVF treatment with embryo tissue typing in order to attempt to have a child who could save their existing son, Zain. Zain has thalassaemia, an inherited...
15 April 2003 - by Dr Colin Gavaghan 
A] defeat for society at large and certainly an overwhelming defeat for Parliamentary democracy.' So read the response from Josephine Quintavalle, Director of CORE (Comment on Reproductive Ethics), to April's UK Court of Appeal decision concerning tissue typing. The Court had reversed an earlier decision, in which a judge had...
11 April 2003 - by Dr Helen Watt 
What does it mean to be a good parent, in a situation like the Hashmis'? This may seem an odd question to ask about an exemplary mother and father: after all, are not the Hashmis doing everything they can to save their child? Zain does not, it is true, need...
31 March 2003 - by BioNews 
The UK Court of Appeal is to decide whether Raj and Shahana Hashmi, the British couple who want to use 'tissue typing' to have a child, will be allowed to continue in their attempts to do so. They are attempting to conceive a child who would be a possible cord...
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