A Miracle Called Lion – The Compass 24

By Cecilia Corradetti, for The Compass 24 / [email protected]

Francisco León Corvalán turned six years old and it is pure joy. “A true miracle that changed our lives and fulfilled my dream of being a mother”, reflects, moved, Soledad Gallardo, the first woman who achieved a pregnancy from the Assisted Fertilization Law approved in 2010 and whose procedure was developed entirely in Penna Hospital.

A fan of San Lorenzo, like Adrián, his father – who has a greengrocery in Láinez at 2400, right in front of that regional sanatorium – León attends first grade at La Asunción school, he is sweet, family-oriented and an athlete: he plays basketball at the Villa Mitre club.

Soledad and Adrián had been searching for many years, without results, for a baby using natural methods. The law prompted Soledad to approach Penna in 2012, find out, and finally sign up for a listing. She immediately underwent the first treatment with much expectation. However, the pregnancy did not occur. She was on the waiting list.

“I was bad emotionally because expectations collapsed and there is a limit of two treatments. Over time I had been able to forget myself, think about something else. But one morning someone from the Fertilization unit came to the grocery store to leave me a test request so I could try again. I couldn’t believe it, I immediately ran to corridor 5 to see what it was about and, indeed, they told me that the procedures had been reactivated, that I could try again. I was shocked and started. It is a daily and exhausting job. I don’t remember how many girls we were in that batch, but I was the first to get pregnant”, recalls Soledad with “goosebumps”.

“Fear and anxiety invaded me. I took a few days off and prayed a lot. They placed three embryos in me, out of the eight that had been formed, and Leon caught fire. I will never forget the day that doctors Vanesa Fuentes and Guillermina Santos gave me a positive result at the hospital”, he recalls.

The ups and downs and moments of anguish that he suffered, he said, were left aside and gratitude and gratitude prevailed.

“The team of biochemists, doctors, nurses, pediatricians, everyone was incredible. It was a lucky chain with a happy ending and I feel blessed by this gift called León… ”, he pointed out.

León came into the world on April 12, 2016. “Sole” and Adrián overflowed to see him grow healthy and beautiful.

“He turned his first birthday and we wanted to celebrate it in a big way with a party in which we could bring together all those who made it possible for our lives to change forever. And among that group of people was the then deputy Marcelo Feliú (PJ), author of the initiative”, he recalled.

Soledad treasures several names, including that of the gynecologist Sergio Mendoza and his team, as well as the professionals from the fertilization unit who attended her before and during childbirth.

“Many people came to greet us and express their support. Some just to say hello and meet the baby, but I’ve also talked to women starting treatment who needed to blow off some steam. I loved being able to advise them and, at some point, I even thought about starting a self-help group in the hospital, ”she recalled.

The law allowed the most sophisticated procedures to be carried out without resorting to private centers and, thus, the first public laboratory with the capacity to carry out highly complex fertilization treatments was inaugurated in 2015.

Since the Fertility program is underway, the Province covers the treatments. Penna was the first public hospital to perform the procedure and was followed by San Martín de La Plata. Until then, public hospitals had to coordinate with private centers for highly complex cases.

This center was equipped with a puncture operating room where the procedures are carried out and an embryology laboratory with a microscope for In Vitro Fertilization procedures with ICSI, a technique that consists of inseminating an ovule through the microinjection of a sperm.

In addition, it has stoves, tanks for the preservation of gametes (eggs and sperm), centrifuges and high-resolution ultrasound machines to be able to puncture patients.

In any case, the head of the Fertility Unit, Dr. Patricia Failo, clarified that the post-pandemic delayed high complexity.

“Today we are doing low complexity and cryopreservation in cancer cases,” he said.

Soledad returns to the fray and continues talking about her best reward: León.

“We lead a happy life and my life will not be enough to thank this healthy, happy and supportive son that God and the professionals at Penna Hospital put in my path,” he concludes.