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First baby is born using transplanted womb from dead woman

First baby is born using transplanted womb from dead woman

A healthy baby girl has been born using a womb transplanted from a dead woman.

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have children because of a damaged or absent uterus. And 35-and-a-half weeks after that, she gave birth to a seemingly healthy baby girl, delivered via cesarean section with no complications. For future procedures he hopes to cut down on the time to transplant by removing the uterus before other organs, like the heart and kidneys.

The recipient had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, which affects about one in every 4500 women and results in the vagina and uterus (womb) failing to form properly. After seven months, doctors implanted an embryo made using in vitro fertilization to spur the pregnancy.

The uterus was taken from a 45-year-old donor who had died from a brain haemorrhage.

It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased donors - in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey - failed to produce a live birth. There have been previous attempts to birth a child using a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor, however, all have proved unsuccessful.

The case was proof-of-concept that deceased donor uterine transplantation was "a new option for women with uterine infertility" lead researcher and gynaecologist Dr Dani Ejzenberg said. He added: "The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population".

Uterine transplants from living donors have occurred before. Those transplants can only be done for women who find a donor, who must undergo a complicated surgery and lengthy recovery, Dr. Tullius said.

Doctors also removed the transplanted uterus during her C-section in order to take the mother off immunosuppressant medication required for maintaining a transplanted organ. Mother and baby were discharged from hospital three days later.




The researchers do point out that the outcomes and effects of donations from live and deceased donors haven't been compared yet.

The world's first baby has been born via a uterus transplanted from a dead donor. Ejzenberg says he wanted to deliver the baby a few weeks early to avoid potential problems late in the pregnancy.

"We are authorized to do two more cases and we are focused on improving our protocol to be able to repeat this success story", Natalie Ehrmann Fusco, a spokesperson for the doctors on the project, told IFLScience.

The case involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the then-32-year-old's recipient's veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.

The fertilised eggs were implanted after seven months.

The U.S. had its first uterine transplant in 2016, but the recipient had to have it removed days later due to a fungal infection, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It is also a source of hope for those patients who [do not have a uterus] or who have lost it unexpectedly and do not have a family member or close friend to donate the uterus".

The oldest child born via uterine transplant - a boy - had just had his fourth birthday.


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