Woman with Transplanted Womb Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

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A 36 year old woman from Sweden has become the first woman ever to give birth after receiving a transplanted womb.

The woman has Rokitansky syndrome—a syndrome in which a woman is born without a womb. This is the only type of female infertility considered untreatable, as it leads to absolute uterine factor infertility. Now there is some hope for these women.

Researchers and doctors from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden transplanted wombs into nine women last year with this syndrome. Although two experienced problems requiring hysterectomies, the other seven did quite well, even beginning to menstruate during the first few months following transplant.

The woman in question is among these seven transplant patients. Her own ovaries were intact but she received a womb from a 61 year old family friend. She was impregnanted via IVF.

At 31 weeks she experienced preeclampsia and was admitted to the hospital, later undergoing a cesarean. The baby spent ten days in the neonatal unit but has since gone home with mom.

"Our success is based on more than 10 years of intensive animal research and surgical training by our team and opens up the possibility of treating many young females worldwide that suffer from uterine infertility," said Professor Mats Brannstrom. "What is more, we have demonstrated the feasibility of live-donor uterus transplantation, even from a postmenopausal donor."

You can watch some video of Brannstrom discussing the womb transplant on YouTube.

Source: MNT


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