VIDEO: Scientists Report Birth of World’s First Womb Transplant Baby
Gothenburg, SE - A 36-year-old Swedish woman has become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after delivering a healthy baby boy weighing 3.9lbs in September, 2014.
The unidentified woman, who has a genetic condition of being born without a womb, was one of nine Swedish women who received a uterus transplant from a live donor in 2013. The transplanted womb was donated by a 61-year-old family friend, who had gone through the menopause seven years before the surgery.
The recipient, who had intact ovaries, was able to produce eggs that were fertilised using IVF prior to the transplant, and 11 embryos were cryopreserved. One year after her womb transplant, researchers led by Mats Brännström, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Gothenburg, transferred a single embryo to the new womb, which resulted in a positive pregnancy test 3 weeks later.
Fetal growth and blood flows through the uterine arteries and umbilical cord were normal throughout the first 31 weeks of pregnancy. “We found only one episode of mild rejection during the pregnancy that was successfully treated with corticosteroids, and the woman was working full time until the day before delivery,” says Professor Brännström. Continue>
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