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Infertility is not an unheard of phenomenon today. At a time when one in five couples run into difficulties conceiving a child, IVF is a ray of hope for millions of couples that look forward to having their own families. And over the last few years, there has been a notable IVF baby boom. The science has helped realize the dream of many couples including those who had completely given up hope. The recognition of this science, world over, is celebrated as the IVF World Day. An international committee monitoring progress in assisted reproduction reported that the global total of babies born as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments is more than 8 million.

Angelika Eksteen, 57 from Germany, who works for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, sustained a fracture in the left shoulder 10 months ago, for which she underwent a surgery at a local hospital. However, the surgery wasn’t successful, and Angelika continued to have complications in form of pain, lack of movements and weakness. As such, she couldn’t cope with daily activities which not only affected her daily chores, but also her sleep. The unbearable pain caused by the shoulder, eventually led her to be referred to Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS), where Dr. Bhuvan Machani – Consultant Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon, performed a total reverse shoulder replacement surgery on her left shoulder. Following surgery and recovery that included targeted physical therapy, Angelika gained a new lease on life.

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