World’s first transplanted womb

By Drum Digital
08 March 2014

For years transplanting vital organs such as kidneys, livers and hearts have saved lives. Now for the first time a woman will soon give birth to a baby via a transplanted womb.

According to the Daily Telegraph the mother, one of nine women who received womb transplants between 2012 and 2013, will soon give birth. Her mom donated the womb so the pregnant woman will bear the world’s first child to come from the same womb as she did.

The transplants are part of research done in Sweden. All the women involved were born without wombs or had to have them removed because of cervical cancer.

The woman’s ova were removed before the operation and fertilisation took place in vitro.

According to Dr Mats Brannstrom, leader of the transplant team, “a successful pregnancy will serve as important proof that this operation is available to cure womb infertility”.

The women had to take a course of pills to prevent their bodies rejecting the wombs, which will be removed after two pregnancies. The pills can produce side effects such as high blood pressure, swelling and diabetes.

Experts have labeled the project illuminating, but say it’s uncertain whether the transplanted wombs will produce healthy babies.

“We’ll have to wait and see if it’s a workable solution or if it will be limited to research and experimentation,” says Dr Yacoub Khalaf, head of the assisted conception unit at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London.

- Sapa, Daily Telegraph

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