First mother-to-daughter uterus transplants


This past week a team of researchers, doctors and other specialists performed the first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants for two women. One of the women had her uterus removed several years ago because of cancer while the other woman was born without reproductive organs.

More than 10 years of research

“The transplantations, which are the result of more than ten years of Swedish and international research collaboration, were completed without complications,” the press statement from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden read.

A team of 10 surgeons

The leader of the team, Mats Brannstrom, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital Women’s Clinic explained the preparation: “More than 10 surgeons, that had trained together on the procedure for several years, took part in the complicated surgery. Both patients that received new uteri are doing fine but are tired after surgery. The donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days.”

Brannstrom revealed that the idea for the transplant actually came from a former patient whose uterus he had to remove because of cancer. Back in 1998, he told her the surgery would save her life but leave her unable to have children. She wondered why her mother’s reproductive organs couldn’t be transplanted into her. Brannstrom was struck by the idea and started researching the possibilities.

Hope for creating a family

The team is hopeful that this procedure will help other healthy women, who for whatever reason do not have a functioning uterus, achieve their dream of having children. They noted that in Sweden alone there are two to three thousand women who cannot have children for this reason.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, University of Gothenburg


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