Amerca’s first vitro fertilisation (IVF) baby, Elizabeth Carr who was born on 28 December 1981 in Norfolk, Virginia, is 40 years old today.
At a point she was ignorantly described as “test tube” baby.
Her birth then, recalled New York Post, attracted fanfare and controversy with a PBS film crew holed up in the delivery room and protesters raging outside the hospital.
“There was always media attention – so I knew I wasn’t born like everyone else,” Carr told The Post from her home outside Keene, NH, days before her milestone 40th birthday on Tuesday.
In fact, she first learned about her groundbreaking entrance into the world when she was around 6 or 7, at her doctor office with staffers watching the NOVA special on her birth.
“My doctors were on each side of me, screening the documentary of my own birth with me — and explaining the science.”
That science was something of a mystery at the time, even to Carr’s own parents.