In SWEDEN, a woman born without a uterus gave birth to a baby boy after receiving a womb transplant. This is first in medical history according to doctors and researchers. The details of the case were published to ‘The Lancet’, a British medical journal.
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According to the journal, the 36-year-old mother had healthy ovaries, but she was born without a uterus, a case seen in one out of 4,500 girls. A close family friend in her early 60s donated her uterus to her last year and she has had to take three medicines to prevent her body from rejecting the new organ. After six weeks, she got her menstrual period which indicates that the womb was healthy. A year after the womb transplant, she and her husband went through In vitro fertilization (IVF) to procedure 11 embryos – a process where sperm is injected into the egg in a laboratory glass petri dish. One of which resulted to a successful pregnancy.
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An abnormal fetal heart rate detected in the 31st week of pregnancy force the doctor to deliver the baby by cesarean section. The baby weighed 3.9 pounds and was released from neonatal unit 10 days after birth. According to the medical team who conducted the procedure, both the mother and her baby are well and healthy.
The identities of the couple remain anonymous but according to an interview with Associated Press, the father said, “He’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell.”
This accomplishment opens up a new alternative for women who are unable to have children because they were born without uterus or lost it due to illness such as cancer.
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