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First Birth for Woman with Transplanted Uterus in the US

First Birth for Woman with Transplanted Uterus in the US

Monday, 4 December, 2017 - 05:45
A pregnant woman. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Officials at a Dallas hospital in Texas said that for the first time in the United States, a woman with a transplanted uterus gave birth.

The birth of the healthy baby, whose birth date, sex and weight were not disclosed, was confirmed by a spokesman for the Baylor University Medical Center.

Craig Civale, spokesman for Baylor and Baylor Scott & White Research Institute said the woman who gave birth has asked to remain anonymous.

While the birth of a healthy baby by a woman with a transplanted uterus was a medical first in the United States, it follows several childbirths by women with transplanted uteruses at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg in Sweden, said Civale.

Dr. Liza Johannesson, a transplant surgeon at Baylor who was also part of the team that performed the first womb transplants in Sweden, told Time magazine that veteran surgeons were crying when the child was born. Time was first to report the birth on Friday.

A 36-year-old registered nurse who has two children donated her uterus to the unnamed woman, Time said.

A womb transplant program at Baylor has been under way since last year, and surgeons there have completed eight in a medical trial of 10 transplants, according to Time. Of the eight, three have failed, and one has resulted in another woman being pregnant. It takes five hours to remove a healthy uterus and another five hours to place it into a woman who otherwise could not become pregnant. The first birth following uterus transplantation occurred in September 2014 by a 35-year-old woman who received the womb of a 61-year-old woman.

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