The first US baby has been delivered at the Cleaveland Clinic after being carried in a womb that was transplanted from a deceased donor.
Uterine transplants are common in the US and have enabled a dozen women to give birth but what makes this little girl, born in June, unique is the fact that her mother received a transplant from a deceased donor.
The mother, in her mid-30s, was part of a research trial going on at the Ohio hospital. It involved 10 women in their 20s and 30s who were born without a uterus. The uterus was transplanted in late 2017. The mother became pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.
Uma Perni, M.D., Cleveland Clinic maternal fetal medicine specialist, said: ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Everything went wonderfully with the delivery; the mother and baby girl are doing great.’
‘It’s important to remember this is still research. The field of uterus transplantation is rapidly evolving, and it’s exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future.’
The clinic has done five uterus transplants so far out of which three have been successful.
Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis, MD, Ph.D., said: ‘It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion.’
‘Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events, ordinary for the women who choose this option. We are grateful to the donor and her family, their generosity allowed our patient’s dream to come true and a new baby to be born.’
Source – Daily Mail