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First Successful Birth After a Uterus Transplant in the U.S.

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-12-03 09:43:47

A woman in the U.S. has given birth in the last month after having successfully received a uterus transplant in September 2016 []. This follows an unsuccessful uterus transplant [] performed by Cleveland Clinic in February 2016:

For the first time in the United States, a woman who had a uterus transplant has given birth.

The mother, who was born without a uterus, received the transplant from a living donor last year at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and had a baby boy there last month, the hospital said on Friday.

At the family's request, their name, hometown and the date of the birth are being withheld to protect their privacy, according to Julie Smith, a spokeswoman for the hospital, which is part of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Since 2014, eight other babies have been born to women who had uterus transplants, all in Sweden, at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.

[...] At Baylor, eight women have had transplants, including the new mother, in a clinical trial [] designed to include 10 patients. One recipient is pregnant, and two others — one of whom received her transplant from a deceased donor — are trying to conceive. Four other transplants failed after the surgery, and the organs had to be removed, said Dr. Giuliano Testa, principal investigator of the research project and surgical chief of abdominal transplantation.

"We had a very rough start, and then hit the right path," Dr. Testa said in a telephone interview. "Who paid for it in a certain way were the first three women. I feel very thankful for their contribution, more so than I can express."

Up to 50,000 women may be candidates for uterus transplants.

Also at Newsweek [], Time [], and Dallas News [].

Related: President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Says Transgender Women Could Give Birth []

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