Last month, the first delivery coming from a transplanted uterus took place in the United States, and it was the first of its kind to happen in the United States. The woman in question was born without a uterus, and received the transplant from a donor who was still alive. The birth occurred just like a natural one, and gives hope to other women struggling with the same condition.
The woman lacked a uterus, so she needed a transplant
Infertility is quite widespread all over the world, and it occurs from various causes. In this case, it was the direct effect of lacking a uterus, so there was no organ in her body that could have sustained a baby for nine months. Therefore, she had to receive a transplant so that she could get pregnant.
Giving birth from a transplanted uterus is quite uncommon, but not unheard of. There have been only eight successful attempts to bring a baby into this world through a transplanted uterus, and this latest case was the ninth one. Therefore, the baby received the nickname “Baby Number Nine”.
The mother of the child received a transplant last September. She was suffering from absolute uterine factor infertility, which means that the uterus is either non-functional or completely lacking. The condition occurs among one in 500 women, and the transplants aren’t always successful.
The procedure is quite complicated and not always successful
This woman received a transplanted uterus during an experimental program, together with seven other women. Her successful birth gives a lot of hope to the others, who are trying everything to have a baby. One of these women is already pregnant, while three others couldn’t do it. However, they will never lose hope.
The process is still delicate, as the transplanted uterus has to be removed after the woman successfully delivers two babies. Also, she cannot get pregnant in the classical way, and has to get an embryo implanted about 12 months after receiving the transplant.
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