Ever Baby Born Following A Uterus Transplant From A Deceased Donor
07 December, 2018, 23:53 | Author: Kara Nash
Doctors say the woman had a healthy and fairly typical pregnancy, before giving birth via c-section to a six-pound baby girl a year ago. The donated uterus was also removed during the cesarean section.
Why this matters: Expanding the pool of donors to include the dead as well as the living could help increase the number of available uteruses.
A woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful. Uterine transplantation began in other countries where there are legal or ethical barriers to surrogacy-getting someone else to carry the pregnancy-O'Neill says.
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There have been 10 other uterus transplants from deceased donors performed in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey, but this one in Brazil is the first to result in a live birth.
Researchers point out that the latest landmark birth may create more options for women in the future, since live donors can be hard to find. Ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the USA have failed.
Uterine transplants from living donors have occurred before. Scientists have so far reported a total of 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 live births.
In the USA, around 10 percent of women aged between 15 to 44 struggle with fertility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 500 women have uterine anomalies due to congenital anomalies, or through unexpected malformation, hysterectomy, or infection.
The case was proof-of-concept that deceased donor uterine transplantation was "a new option for women with uterine infertility" lead researcher and gynaecologist Dr Dani Ejzenberg said.
There have been 10 uterus transplants from deceased donors attempted in the USA, the Czech Republic, and Turkey, but this is the first one which resulted in a live birth. Transplants from living donors are scheduled and can take place in adjacent operating rooms.
The baby girl was delivered last December by a woman born without a uterus because of a rare syndrome.
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