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Medical sensation: woman with donated womb gives birth to baby


Woman with donor uterus gives birth to baby

In the United States, a woman who was born without a womb gave birth to a baby for the first time. The young mother had previously had a donated uterus transplanted. In Sweden, a woman became a mother three years ago.

Woman with donated womb gives birth to baby

Women who have no or too small a womb due to a genetic change from birth cannot give birth to children. But a transplant could fulfill many of these women wanting to have children. In 2014, a woman with a donor uterus had given birth to a healthy baby in Gothenburg, Sweden for the first time worldwide. The then 36-year-old mother had had the organ transplanted only the year before. This is the first time a child was born in the United States.

Medical sensation in the USA

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a womb gave birth to a child.

The medical sensation took place at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, as the news magazine "Time" reports.

"We have been preparing for this moment for a very long time," said Dr. Liza Johannesson from Baylor University Medical Center.

"I think everyone had tears in their eyes when the baby came."

Women without a womb

The mother is participating in an ongoing clinical trial at the hospital. The participating women either have no or a malfunctioning uterus, writes the magazine "Time".

Most of the subjects therefore have Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKHS), a disease that means that those affected cannot naturally have children.

The 23-year-old patient, who underwent the first uterine transplant in Germany, also suffers from this syndrome.

Donor is known - mother is not

The baby in Dallas was born Caesarean. "I gave birth to a lot of babies, but this one was special," said Dr. Robert T. Gunby Jr., the obstetrician and gynecologist who gave birth to the child.

“When I started my career, we didn't even have sonography. Now we're going to transplant someone else's uterus and have a baby. ”

According to “Time”, the mother's identity remained secret, but the woman who donated her uterus is known: 36-year-old Taylor Siler, a nurse who already has two sons and claims that she does not want any more children.

She wanted to give someone else a chance at motherhood. "I have family members who have had problems getting babies, and that's not fair," said Siler.

Child health continues to be pursued

The removal of the uterus took five hours, and the operation to insert the organ into the recipient took just as long.

According to the information, the donor and recipient do not know each other personally, but they write letters.

When Siler found out about the birth, she cried. She said, "I think of her every day and will probably do it for the rest of my life."

The hospital will continue to monitor baby health as part of the study. (ad)

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