A baby girl was born in Brazil to a mother whose womb was transplanted from a dead woman, which is believed to be the first case of its kind in the world.
The Lancet reported that the birth, which is being revealed now by the Hospital das Clínicas at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil, was delivered on Dec. 15, 2017.
A 10-hour surgery had been required in September 2016 to transplant the deceased woman’s womb to the transplant recipient, who was 32 years old at the time.
The mother, who wasn’t named, suffered from the rare Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, a condition that affects one in 4,500 women and causes the vagina and uterus to be either absent or underdeveloped.
“The results provide proof-of-concept for a new treatment option for absolute uterine factor infertility,” wrote co-authors Dr. Dani Ejzenberg, an ob/gyn at the University of Sao Paulo and Hospital das Clínicas in Brazil, and Dr. Wellington Andraus, a transplant surgeon at the Sao Paulo University School of Medicine in the study.
There have been previous successful births from a transplanted uterus, the first such recorded in 2014 in Sweden, though those were from a living womb donor.
BBC News noted that all 10 previous transplants from a dead donor had all failed.
The donor in this case, who wasn’t named, was a mother of three in her mid-40s who died from bleeding on the brain.
The baby in Brazil was born weighing 6 pounds, and was delivered by cesarean section. She is said to be healthy.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov