Rather than approve the procedure that will ensure women carrying the fatal mitochondrial disease will be able to deliver healthy babies, the Australian Government will hold a conscious vote.
In Australia, at least 60 babies a year are born with mitochondrial disease. This life-threatening disease could potentially be eradicated.
Britain approved the reforms following a decade-long, comprehensive global scientific and ethical review of the treatment. In the UK, mitochondrial donation has been allowed since 2015. The scientific breakthrough is cautiously used in “specific circumstances where inheritance of the disease is likely to cause death or serious disease”.
Mito Foundation CEO Sean Murray said the scientific breakthrough would save lives.
“Mitochondrial disease is an absolutely terrible and debilitating disorder. There are many different types of mito and about half of them are maternally inherited. The mother can show no symptoms but could be at risk of having a child develop life-threatening mitochondrial disease,” he says.
“Often families don’t know about it until they’ve had a child until develop mito. Mito donation will give women the choice