Woman hopes to carry baby in same womb she was grown in after transplant from her mum
A 30-year-old woman is hoping to carry a baby in the same womb she was grown in thanks to a transplant from her mother.
Following an emergency hysterectomy after the birth of her daughter two years ago, Kirsty Bryant was unable to carry anymore children and asked her 54-year-old mother how she'd feel about donating her womb so that she could grow her family.
"Kirsty rang, she said to me, 'Hi, Mum. What do you think about having a hysterectomy and giving me your uterus?'," Michelle Hayton told Channel Nine's 60 Minutes of the moment her daughter made the request. "I said, 'Yep it’s on. I have no problem with that'."
After a length operation for both herself and her mother, Kirsty became the first woman in Australia to receive a uterine transplant. "I am going to potentially, all fingers and toes crossed, carry a baby in the same uterus, in the same womb, I was growing in," Kirsty said. "It will hopefully be a great story to tell my baby one day."
Kirsty went on to reveal she's got six embryos ready and waiting for transfer, but that she needs to recover from the mammoth operation first.
"It could be somewhere between three and six months from the surgery where we can start implanting those embryos," explained Dr Rebecca Deans, the trial’s lead surgeon. "And each of those embryos has a 30 to 50% chance of success."
Although there's no guarantee that the surgery will result in Kirsty welcoming another child, Professor Mats Brannstrom – who led the operation – previously performed the world’s first womb transplant resulting in a child in 2014.
"To not put my hand up and give it a go, I think would be a massive regret for myself," Kirsty said of her outlook for the operation. "Even if it doesn’t go to plan, the research and the information that they will get from this, in Australia, is going to be worth it."
She went on: "I just want to give hope and give options for other women out there."
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