Definition of saviour sibling in English:

saviour sibling


  • A child conceived through selective in vitro fertilization as a potential source of donor organs or cells for an existing brother or sister with a life-threatening medical condition.

    • ‘In 2001 his parents won the right to create a saviour sibling to help cure him from the potentially fatal blood disorder.’
    • ‘As well as embryo research, there were further clashes over moves to allow parents with a sick child to create a "saviour sibling" to be harvested for cells to cure their older brother or sister.’
    • ‘As the saviour sibling will almost certainly be required to donate at a young age, there are also concerns at the inability to give informed consent.’
    • ‘Creating a "saviour sibling" involves creating five or six embryos, testing them to find a genetic match to the sick child, and implanting only that embryo in the womb.’
    • ‘Once the saviour sibling is born, blood from the umbilical cord is collected and can then be used for a stem cell transplant.’
    • ‘The change in the law would have been welcome news for parents with children suffering debilitating conditions such as blood disorders who wish to create a "saviour sibling" through fertility treatment.’
    • ‘Adam was the first ever "saviour sibling", created to help save his sister's life.’
    • ‘He is the son of the couple who won the controversial right to create a "saviour sibling" to treat the rare blood disorder which threatens his life.’
    • ‘She does not hesitate when asked whether she would create a "saviour sibling" if her own child was seriously ill.’
    • ‘The 5 million centre will bring pioneering embryo screening techniques for the creation of "saviour siblings" to Britain.’
    • ‘The clauses relating to hybrid embryos and saviour siblings are expected to pass but the scrapping of a requirement for a father could fail.’
    • ‘He said his clinic, a leading centre for these techniques, has one patient who is pregnant with a saviour sibling and four women about to start treatment.’
    • ‘The predictions on the votes about saviour siblings and the hybrid stem cells were largely right.’
    • ‘We don't know what the social and emotional consequences of being a so-called "saviour sibling" will be.’
    • ‘Should children who face death or critical illness find new hope in scientific advances that would allow their new brother or sister to be not just a blessing to their family, but also a saviour sibling to them?’
    • ‘For example, the committee suggests having a more permissive attitude to the creation of 'saviour siblings'.’
    • ‘They were hoping to help their daughter with a saviour sibling.’
    • ‘MPs went on to debate plans to allow the creation of saviour siblings, where parents use fertility treatment to select an embryo which is a genetic match to a sick older child.’