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Can that be real? Is that a uterus transplant? That's amazing!

December 3, 2020

It’s the first time in medical history that a woman had given birth after receiving a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. Before that uterus transplants from living donors had led to successful births. The whole field of uterus transplantation is relatively new. After this a new  researcher has been stated correct that if transplant teams can reliably use uteruses from deceased donors, it could expand the availability of organs and reduce living donors’ risks during surgery to remove the uterus.

It was an exciting moment for Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, who although was not involved in the research but supports this idea whole-heartedly. As per the recent  case report, published in the Lancet, researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil removed a uterus from a 45-year-old woman who died from a brain hemorrhage. She had three children. The organ was transplanted into a 32-year-old woman who had a disorder because of which she was left without a uterus. Seven months after the transplant, doctors transferred an embryo made through in-vitro fertilization from the lady’s egg and her husband’s sperm into her womb.

The woman’s pregnancy turned out to be normal. The doctors had performed a Caesarean section on Dec. 15, 2017, after about 36 weeks from the transplant and IVF . When the researchers wrote the paper describing the case both mom and the baby girl were healthy. This was after 7 months from the delivery.

Dr. Dani Ejzenberg, who led the research, felt that the use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to that kind of a treatment treatment, and also that the numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths were far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population.

Experts hoped that uterus transplants would someday be more widely available for women without uteruses or with damaged organs, wishing to become pregnant. In Sweden in 2014, doctors for the first time assisted a woman with a transplanted uterus in giving birth since then, there have been many such infants born around the globe.

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