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9-year-old boy with cancer freezes testicular tissue in hopes of having children one day

By Mason White 2:01 PM December 27, 2015
Nathan Crawford 

By: Chan Yuan
A brave young boy decided to undergo an experimental treatment so that he may have children one day.

9-year-old Nathan Crawford became the first male in the United Kingdom, to have the experimental treatment with the hope that he can someday have children.

The young boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a glioma, which requires grueling courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However, the vital therapies that will reduce the tumor growth form his brain could leave him infertile.

In order to give the young boy a chance to have children one day, surgeons have removed part of his testicular tissue and froze it at a new plant in Oxford.

Doctors want to implant these tissue when Crawford is old enough and ready to be a father.

An estimated 300 children become infertile each year in the United Kingdom, as a result of treatment for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.

Freezing ovarian tissue of girls in the early stages of the disease has already produced about 50 live births worldwide.

However, this was never done for boys.