First Baby Born After Uterus Transplant From Dead Donor

First Baby Born After Uterus Transplant From Dead Donor

The miracle baby girl was born in Brazil via caesarean section at 35 weeks and three days, weighing around 6lbs.

The uterus was removed from the donor and transplanted into the recipient in a surgery that also involved connecting the donor uterus and recipient's veins and arteries, ligament and vaginal canals.

Four months before the transplant, she had in-vitro fertilisation resulting in eight fertilised eggs, which were preserved through freezing. Almost a year later, the researchers say that neither the mother nor the child have experienced any complications or abnormalities.

During the delivery, the transplanted womb was removed and showed no abnormalities.

This isn't the first baby born to a woman with a uterine transplant-several have been born in Sweden, the US, and Brazil to women who received uterine transplants from live donors.

There has been eleven previous births in the world with a transplanted womb, but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.

"This is not in the case of a kidney or liver transplant, clearly because the vagina is an exposed area and since you are unable to identify what kind of organisms were growing, there is a potential danger for rejection", Ms Rao added. Those transplants can only be done for women who find a donor, who must undergo a complicated surgery and lengthy recovery, Dr. Tullius said.

While womb transplants from living donors have been successful, womb transplants from deceased donors still need to be researched, as none of the deceased donor transplants has until now resulted in conception and birth.

Uterine transplants from living donors have occurred before.

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For years researchers have been trying to help women who had been either born without uteruses or lost them for medical reasons to carry their own children.

The Brazilian researchers are planning two more uterus transplants as part of the study. She was 32 years old at the time of the uterine transplant, which took place at the Hospital das Clinicas, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil, and lasted for more than 10 hours, on September 20, 2016. But they said that relying on deceased donors could expand the options for women who do not have a friend or family member willing to donate or that would be a good match.

"This event really changed her life", Dr. Tullius said. The causes vary, but for one in 500 women, uterine problems are the cause.

Those possibilities, paired with improved surgical practices, means uterus transplantation could someday become a standard procedure, Ejzenberg says.

Three teams in the US, including O'Neill's, are now working on uterine transplants.

Infertility, in general, affects about 15% of couples of reproductive age.

"The number of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own death are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population", he said in a statement.

The researchers in Brazil reported that the uterus was ischemic - meaning, off a blood supply - for nearly eight hours, essentially double the reported time from any of the living donor transplants.

The fertilised eggs were implanted after seven months.

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