Every woman wants to be a mother. But there are quite a few women who cannot have a baby for different causes.

Dr. Hong Kyong Sun, head of the infertility treatment laboratory of the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, is one of those medical workers who are working with all their wisdom and passion to bring such women the happiness due for them.

Hong Kyong Sun (left).

Hong Kyong Sun (left).

For her completion of a research on a technology of treating infertility, she was awarded the February 16 Sci-Tech Prize and selected as one of the national top scientists and technicians 2019.

It was a dozen years ago that she started the research project. It was a difficult task to establish a technology of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer, which can be said to be a core technology in infertility treatment. At that time relevant research was being conducted, but with a lot of scitech problems to be solved. And Kyong Sun, head of the female health laboratory at the time, was unfamiliar to such research.

She recalls, “I regarded it as my duty to have all women getting treatment in the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital leave it with their babies. Though I was a stranger to the field, I was reluctant to give up.”

She continued the research day and night while studying and analysing the previous treatment experience and the data on advanced medical science and technology. On the basis of basic data she established each of the processes and worked out the most rational method. At last she and her team succeeded in making each process of in vitro fertilization scientific and putting it on an advanced level. Besides, she invented the effective reagents and culture solutions the kind of which had been imported previously, thus making it possible to continue the treatment uninterruptedly in any conditions.

She made public a thesis on the clinical study of infertility treatment by in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer, which brought her the doctorate. The technology she invented makes it possible to raise the obstinate infertility treatment effectiveness. Now it has been widely introduced in clinical practice, proving its great merits.

Han Sun Yong, a woman living in Ryongbuk-dong, Taesong District, Pyongyang, says, “I could not have a baby for a decade after marriage. But last year I got treatment at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital free of charge and had a child. I am really happy, indeed. All my family and I are quite obliged to the doctors who made us happy.

Hong is still engrossed in research, fi nding the pride of her life in seeing women leave the hospital with the joy of having become a mother.