First baby born using uterus transplant from dead donor, doctors say

Doctors hold a baby girl born to a mother who received a uterus from a deceased donor in Brazil. A novel transplantation procedure may help more infertile women become pregnant

Doctors hold a baby girl born to a mother who received a uterus from a deceased donor in Brazil. A novel transplantation procedure may help more infertile women become pregnant

A mother has given birth to a healthy baby girl after surgeons implanted a womb in her body from a deceased donor.

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have children because of a damaged or absent uterus.

"She couldn't keep the uterus in another pregnancy", said Dr. Wellington Andraus, who worked on her transplant team.

The baby girl was delivered last December by a woman born without a uterus because of a rare syndrome.

Doctors implanted the fertilized eggs seven months after the procedure.

All that is known about her donor is that she was 45, had three successful vaginal deliveries, and had granted use of her organs prior to her death from brain haemorrhage.

There have been 10 uterus transplants from deceased donors attempted in the United States, the Czech Republic, and Turkey, but this is the first one which resulted in a live birth.

Eleven previous births have used a transplanted uterus, but they were from a living-not a deceased-woman, who was usually a relative or a friend, according to The Associated Press. With live donors often in short supply, it's hoped this bold breakthrough from Brazil could offer hope to the 1 in 500 people who experience infertility problems from uterine anomalies.

Besides women who lost uterus or do not have from birth, this kind of transplant could also someday open doors for people who are transgender, Ms Sharma suggested.

The transplanted uterus was removed during the C-section, allowing the woman to stop taking the immunosuppressive drugs. Almost a year later, the researchers say that neither the mother nor the child have experienced any complications or abnormalities.

Ultrasound scans showed no abnormalities and she was menstruating regularly.

The uterus transplant surgery, a first in Latin America, took more than 10 hours to complete.

Professor Lois Salamonsen, research group head of endometrial remodelling and Adjunct Professor at Monash University's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology said she had received a few calls form Australian women over the years asking why uterine transplantation wasn't done in Australia.

IVF Australia medical director Associate Professor Peter Illingworth said using deceased donors avoided the need for women to undergo major surgery and the risk of complications in order to donate their uterus to their loved one. "Infertility can have a devastating impact upon couples, particularly for women with absolute uterine factor infertility, for which there has been no effective treatment to date and - for some of these women, womb transplantation is the only way they can carry a pregnancy", stated Mr J Richard Smith, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Clinical Lead at Womb Transplant UK.

Brazilian doctors are now planning more transplants following the procedure.

A doctor involved in the transplant said the uterus was preserved in ice for almost eight hours demonstrating the organ's resilience.

Currently, uterus donation is only available for women with family members who are willing to donate. Fifteen were fertilised, with 8 resulting in embryos that were subsequently preserved for later implantation.

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