Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002

-- In a landmark development in Sri Lanka's medical history, the country's first test tube baby was born in an entirely indigenous effort. It was a healthy baby girl weighing 3.5 kilogrammes delivered by caesarean surgery. Significantly, for the first time the entire process was handled by local experts. The cost of the operation was about US $3,125. Earlier, British medical experts used to assist in performing such operations.

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