World’s First Baby Born Via A Uterus Transplant From A Dead Donor

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The most captivating news of today comes out from the medical field that a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby on Wednesday. A breakthrough operation was performed in September 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil which showed that such transplants are feasible and could possibly help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems.

The 32-year-old recipient who gave birth to a baby was born without a uterus as a result of a rare syndrome. The donor was a 45-year-old woman who died from a stroke and uterus was removed and transplanted in surgery that lasted more than ten hours. The pregnancy went absolutely normal and nearly after 36 weeks, a baby girl weighing 2.5 kilograms (about six pounds) was delivered via cesarean section.

Until now, the only options available to women with uterine infertility were adoption or the services of a surrogate mother. However, this opens a new horizon in the lives of women and is being regarded as a “medical milestone” and life-changer for women who cannot give normal birth

For any woman, becoming a mother is the highest degree of epitome and respect and to be deprived of that is something really heart-rending. Infertility affects almost 10 to 15 percent of couples and there are far more women around us in need of transplants than there are the potential live donors, and thus doctors wanted to find out if this procedure could work using the uterus of a woman who had died.

“The results provide a proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility,” said Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at the teaching hospital of the University of Sao Paulo and this described the procedure as a “medical milestone”.

The President of the International Federation of Fertility Societies also welcomed the announcement with a small notion of caution: “Uterine transplant is a novel technique and should be regarded as experimental,” he said.

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Fahad Salman
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