Experts have once again blown us away with their medical advancements. Two womb transplants from a set of mothers to their daughters have enabled them to deliver their own children.
We think you’ll agree that’s pretty amazing.
Though another baby boy, Vincent, was born from a womb transplant in September, this is the first time that women have used their mums’ wombs to give birth.
The two mums, both Swedish, delivered baby boys a month ago via C-sections and are reportedly doing very well. The babies were delivered a month early after doctors induced labour at 26 weeks.
One of the mums, a 29-year-old woman, was born without a womb and the second mum, 34, had her womb taken out when she went through cancer treatment in her 20s.
These transplants were the brainchild of Professor Mats Brännström, who spent 15 years designing the procedure for the transplant, which takes around 10 hours.
So far, of nine womb transplants performed seven have succeeded. Four of the women have become pregnant and three have had babies so far.
Hope for infertile couples
According to charity Womb Transplant UK, approximately 15,000 UK women a year are told they can’t give birth. This womb transplant procedure gives infertile women a way to become mums without using a surrogate.
“If it carries on like this, it may have a massive impact on things like surrogacy,” Allan Pacey, from the British Fertility Society, told Mail Online.
“Women would much prefer to have their own baby and be pregnant than watch another woman be pregnant.”
The procedure is coming to the UK – and soon. British gynaecologist Richard Smith from Womb Transplant UK is hoping to carry out similar operations – using wombs from deceased donors.
So far 200 women have come forward to be considered for the operations.
“Mats Brännström has again proved that this procedure is not only possible, he has made womb transplants a reality and given hope to many thousands of women who previously have had to live with the heartbreaking knowledge that they will never give birth to their own child,” said Smith.
“We are currently examining several approaches from distinguished medical academic institutions in and near London who would like us to carry out these pioneering operations at their hospitals.
“We still need to raise the money to pay for all of these operations but we could start the programme early next summer if all goes well.”
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