Mother-to-daughter womb transplant 'success' in Sweden

 
File photo from 2010 of a woman eight months into her pregnancy Doctors say the operations will only be considered a complete success if they result in children

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Two Swedish women could be able to give birth using the wombs in which they were carried, doctors say, hailing the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants.

The weekend procedures were completed by more than 10 surgeons at Sweden's University of Gothenburg.

The names of the patients have not been revealed.

Doctors caution they will not consider the operations successful unless the women achieve pregnancy.

"We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children," said Michael Olausson, one of the Swedish surgeons told The Associated Press.

"That's the best proof."

Both women started in-vitro fertilisation before the surgery, he said, adding that their frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred if the women are considered in good enough health after a year-long observation period.

Up and walking

Both recipients, who are aged in their 30s, were tired after the surgery but recovering well, said the university in a statement.

One had her uterus removed due to cervical cancer and the other was born without a uterus, they added

"The donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days," said Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the university.

He is the leader of a research team - comprising 20 scientists, doctors and specialists - which has been working on the project since 1999.

Turkish doctors said they had performed a successful uterus transplant last year, giving a womb from a deceased donor to a young woman, but Dr Olausson said he was not sure whether the recipient had yet started undergoing fertility treatment.

The first widely reported womb transplant from a live donor was performed in 2000, in Saudi Arabia, but the organ had to be removed three months later because of a blood clot.

Last year, 56-year-old Eva Ottoson, who lives in Nottinghamshire, said she hoped to become the first woman to have her womb transplanted into her daughter, Sara, 25, who lives in Sweden and was born without reproductive organs.

It remains unknown whether they were involved in the weekend's procedures.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 34.

    Well done to the medical staff involved, it's impressive what we can achieve with modern technology! Unnatural it may be but so are glasses, cars, computers, medicine, clothes, photographs, pacemakers... unnatural =/= bad!

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    Comment number 28.

    If you can't have kids then you can't have kids. It should end there without all this tinkering about with nature.

    I have never heard the likes of it. The world is busting at the seams with people, food shortages are on the cards and here we have a bunch trying to medal about cramming more in?

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    Comment number 26.

    Wow. Science is absolutely amazing. And a little creepy.

    Best of luck to all of the patients involved in this. I hope this amazing medical feat brings you all happiness.

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    Comment number 14.

    Wonderful news! The uterus should be treated just like any other transplanted organ. No one would bat an eye if the mothers had donated kidneys to their daughters, so this should be treated exactly the same. Good luck to the patients, I hope they both have successful and happy pregnancies!

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    Comment number 6.

    Daphne Du Maurier wrote a short story about this more than 20 years ago. It was quite creepy and to be honest I find the whole concept creepy There is no guarantee that this will result in the birth of children. doctors seem to be pushing the boundaries all of the time. surely the uterus is the same age as the mother who donated it? I understood that the uterus shrivelled after a while.

 

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