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In a medical case of its kind, a woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb. The 36 year old lady was born with a medical deformity as she did not have a uterus and got a womb from one of her friends who is in her 60’s.
This news has been published in a British medical journal The Lancet and as per the research article; the baby was born prematurely in September and weighed 1.8 kg.
The couple whose identity has not been released had to undergo IVF to produce 11 embryos which were initially frozen. It was only a year after the transplant that doctors decided to implant one of the frozen embryos.
A pre mature delivery had to be done as the mother developed pre-eclampsia and the heart rate of the baby became abnormal.
However this is not for the first time that any such surgery was attempted. Two similar medical transplants were attempted previously but both of these failed. In one of these cases, the organ had to be removed as the same became diseased while in other miscarriages were reported.
Prof Mats Brannstom who led the transplant team pointed out that this success was based on 10 years of intensive animal research and surgical training. Young female worldwide who suffer from uterine infection can now hope to lead a healthy life owing to the success of this surgery.
Since, this was the first success in womb transplant technology much research needs to be carried out for effectiveness of this invasive surgical procedure. However, the same has given hopes to countless childless couples who yearn for the presence of a child in their lives.