Amy Lee Shaw Ni, Senior Principal
Embryologist, In-Vitro Fertilisation Laboratory (CARE), SGH
Ms Amy Lee joined the Centre for Assisted
Reproduction (CARE) at SGH right after her graduation from Australia, but she
left the service six years later due to family commitments. However, in the
three years she stayed home, her passion for embryology never wavered, and in
2000, she returned to CARE and quickly found that the job was just as
satisfying and fulfilling as she had remembered it.
Amy distinctly remembers a patient who
visited CARE to seek IVF treatment and was unsuccessful on the first attempt.
Subsequently, the patient was recruited into their pre-implantation genetic
screening (PGS) research project but unfortunately her genetic test of the
embryos from her second IVF cycle revealed that she did not have normal embryos
and was unable to go through an embryo transfer. She was devastated.
Seeing the patient in that state pained
Amy. The patient was in a dilemma as to whether to go through another fresh IVF
cycle or transfer the remaining frozen embryos from her first non-PGS cycle to
another Fertility Centre. Amy managed to calm her down, explained the
disadvantage of moving the embryos from one place to another and suggested that
she should complete the frozen-thaw cycle at SGH.
The patient took a week to consider the
suggestion, and every time she called for more information or reassurance, Amy
would patiently offer her advice and moral support. Eventually she decided to
complete the cycle. Amy personally thawed the embryos and performed the
transfer to give the patient her moral support. Two weeks later, when she
received a positive result on her pregnancy test, the patient hugged Amy with
tears in her eyes. It was a joyful moment as she celebrated the beginning of
“When our patients return to the Centre
with their babies to show their appreciation, I will always tell the little
one, ‘Hey, I saw you first!’ It brings me great joy to fulfill the dreams of
couples to bear their own biological children, something they once felt
impossible,” she said with a smile.
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