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World's first womb transplant baby is born

October 4, 2014 | Comment icon 18 comments



The milestone could offer hope to thousands of women. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A woman in Sweden has given birth using a womb she received in a pioneering transplant operation.
The 36-year-old had been unable to conceive because she was born without a uterus, but when doctors transplanted the womb from a 61-year-old donor it wasn't long before she was giving birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 1.8kg.

The success story marks a world first and could offer hope to thousands of other women who are unable to have a child due to problems with their womb.
"Our success is based on more than 10 years of intensive animal research and surgical training by our team and opens up the possibility of treating many young females worldwide that suffer from uterine infertility," said Prof Mats Brannstrom who led the transplant team.

Surgeon Liza Johannesson also praised the achievement. "It gives hope to those women and men that thought they would never have a child, that thought they were out of hope," she said.

Source: BBC News | Comments (18)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
Oh well, semantics! Exactly
Comment icon #10 Posted by antigod 8 years ago
This is amazing, but it raises questions! How long before we are grown children in artificial wombs so we can keep our figures!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
This is amazing, but it raises questions! How long before we are grown children in artificial wombs so we can keep our figures! Speak to yourself, I was back in a size 8 a week after having my triplets... Whoops wrong forum
Comment icon #12 Posted by antigod 8 years ago
Speak to yourself, I was back in a size 8 a week after having my triplets... Whoops wrong forum Haha . It's true though, my sister has 3 children and just recently had the 3rd and her body is shot to pieces, stretch marks, incontinence, prolapse, sagging breasts, sagging bum, and her vagina now resembles a pile of course ground raw mince! So I'm sure given the option, a lot of women may opt for an external pregnancy when the option arises
Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
her vagina now resembles a pile of course ground raw mince! Never thought I would be quoting something like this on UM
Comment icon #14 Posted by Parsec 8 years ago
Yeah, and I'll never be able to look at a woman with three children in the same way..
Comment icon #15 Posted by antigod 8 years ago
Pregnancy takes its toll boys
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
Pregnancy takes its toll boys So does fertilising...
Comment icon #17 Posted by antigod 8 years ago
So does fertilising... Two pumps and a squirt hardly defines "takes its toll" Men have no idea what women endure! We put up with constant sexual frustration! And then with instantaneous snoring!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
Two pumps and a squirt hardly defines "takes its toll" Men have no idea what women endure! We put up with constant sexual frustration! And then with instantaneous snoring! So your the one who put the CCTV camera in my room...


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