Wow, what next! It has been reported on BBC.com that a woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report.
The article states "The 36-year-old mother, was born without a uterus, & received a donated womb from a friend in her 60s." The couple went through IVF to produce 11 embryos, which were frozen. Doctors at the University of Gothenburg then performed the womb transplant. The baby was born prematurely in September weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb). The father said his son was "amazing".
Birth defects and cancer treatment are the most common reasons women can be left without a functioning womb. If they want a child of their own, their only option is surrogacy.
Dr's needed to use drugs to suppress the immune system, to prevent the womb being rejected. A year after the transplant, doctors decided they were ready to implant one of the frozen embryos and a pregnancy ensued. The baby was born prematurely, almost 32 weeks into the pregnancy, after the mother developed pre-eclampsia and the baby's heart rate became abnormal. Both baby and mum are now said to be doing well. In an anonymous interview with the AP news agency, the father said: "It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby. "He's no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell.''
Prof Mats Brannstrom, who led the transplant team, described the birth in Sweden as a joyous moment. "That was a fantastic happiness for me and the whole team, but it was an unreal sensation also because we really could not believe we had reached this moment.
"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."
Liza Johannesson, a gynaecological surgeon in the team, said: "It gives hope to those women and men that thought they would never have a child, that thought they were out of hope." However, there are still doubts about the safety and effectiveness of the invasive procedure.
The question is can it be done repeatedly, reliably and safely?
Learn more here http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29485996
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