Woman set to be first to give birth from transplanted womb
Last Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 22:08
  

London: A Swedish woman is set to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb after doctors successfully implanted an embryo into her body.

The unidentified woman, who was born without a womb due to a genetic condition, was one of nine to receive the pioneering womb transplant last year.

The transplanted womb was donated by the woman's mother, 'The Telegraph' reported.

The egg, from which the embryo was grown and implanted last week, was the woman's own.

"The best scenario is a baby in nine months," said Dr Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, who led the transplant team.

Brannstrom said earlier that that all nine of the womb transplants his team performed between September 2012 and last April had been successful, with only minor complications.

Eight of the recipients suffered from a congenital disorder which affects one in 5,000 women and prevents the womb from developing.

The ninth had her womb removed after suffering cervical cancer, the report said.

Since the operation was so new, it was impossible to estimate the chance of success, Brannstrom said.

"We know the pregnancy rate in the normal population - the chance for one embryo would be about 25 per cent - so it may take some trials until we get a pregnancy, or we may be lucky and get a pregnancy first time. We don't know," Brannstrom said.

 


PTI

First Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 22:08



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