‘Three-parent’ IVF go-ahead could be lifesaver – Sunderland mum and dad who lost six children back procedure

EDWARD BERNARDI CELEBRATING HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY WITH HIS PARENTS SHARON BARNARDI AND NEIL BARNARDI

EDWARD BERNARDI CELEBRATING HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY WITH HIS PARENTS SHARON BARNARDI AND NEIL BARNARDI

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A LANDMARK decision by the Department of Health could help eradicate the condition that claimed the lives of seven Sunderland siblings.

The move means Britain could become the first country in the world to permit babies to be born with three genetic parents.

The decision opens the door to controversial treatments for inherited diseases which make use of donated DNA from a second healthy donor “mother”.

Sharon Bernardi, of Springwell, Sunderland, has stressed the importance of “three parent IVF” research.

Sharon, 47, and husband Neil, 43, lost six children to mitochondrial disease within a few hours of them being born. Their son Edward died aged 21, two years ago.

Speaking during the consultation period into the plans, Sharon, who has inherited mitochondrial disease, said: “It’s important people see the bigger picture and don’t just dismiss this as creating ‘designer babies’.

Now, new regulations to fertility law allowing the procedures will be debated. If MPs find them ethically acceptable, the first patients could be treated within months.