What made us sure
was the fact that I was there to help my daughter. If I could do
anything in my power to help her I had to do it and because of
my age I had to do it now.
"I told myself if she had needed another organ like a kidney
I would volunteer without any hesitation and it is the same kind
of thought process for this."
Melanie said her daughter would be the real mother as she
would be caring for the child.
"I do not want to oblige her to use the eggs; I want to give
her the option."
Professor Tan said they had asked for the advice of an
independent ethics committee.
"The ethic committee agreed to it because the mother giving
to a daughter is out of love and it is up to the daughter and
partner in future years to decide whether to use the eggs or
"And ethical considerations change with time. Who knows what
the ethics will be in 20 years from now."
Professor Tan said this was the first case of
mother-to-daughter egg donation. There have been cases of
donation from sister to sister.
A genetic condition that causes impaired growth
and learning difficulties
Destroys eggs, leading to an unusually early
Dr Richard Kennedy, of the British Fertility Society, said:
"This altruistic behaviour is not dissimilar to the scenario
where a parent donates a kidney to a child.
"In this case, instead of using eggs from an unknown donor,
she will get the opportunity to know the source.
"Although this means the resulting offspring will be similar
in genetics, an unrelated sperm will be used - and this means
that the offspring will not be a true sister."
Josephine Quintavalle, of Comment on Reproductive Ethics,
expressed sympathy with the family, but could not support
storing the mother's eggs.
She said: "The psychological welfare of the baby itself has
to be the principal concern.
"Such a baby would be a sibling of the birth mother at the
same time as the direct genetic offspring of the grandmother
"In psychiatry we are hearing more and more of children
suffering from identity problems, and specifically a condition
called 'genealogical bewilderment'. Could it possibly get more
bewildering than this?
"We have to stop thinking of women only in terms of their
"The daughter could live a full and happy life without having
children of her own."