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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    Comment number 44.

    science is surpassing nature for the egotistical minority who feel that they should be allowed to reproduce for their own gratification. it is fantastic to be able to grow oragans and tissue from stem cells and to save a life by transplantation. If someone cannot reproduce there's natural reason for it. there are orphans in need of a good home and life perceptership.

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    Comment number 43.

    My concern would be the level of immunosuppression required and the potential consequences for the unborn child.

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    Comment number 42.

    This really irritates me - what a waste of research money.

    I am very sorry, but in times when money is short, research money should be diverted to causes where you will make the most difference, and require the most help and SAVES LIVES.

    This is not essential research, and is only diverting money away from research that need it.

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    Comment number 41.

    Desperation knows no bounds it seems!

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    Comment number 40.

    Hats off to medical science. I hope whatever you or I need transplanted, created with stem cells, or whatever weird and wonderful method they use, is available to us when we need it!

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    Comment number 39.

    Don't jump the gun if you don't want to betray your agenda. So far there have been no relgion based comments that I can see, just some silly people making snide remarks about expecting them.

    Thinking about it a bit more I've come to the conclusion that there is something really.. odd about people who think they are so special that the gene pool can't manage without them reproducing.

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    Comment number 38.


    Medical science, in fact science in all forms is fascinating but this just goes to remind us of our humble ancestral connections. Whilst we have superior intelligence and self awareness we are and will always be slimy clumps of pink biological goo.

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    Comment number 37.

    How predictable to see the religious crowd with their favourite word "unnatural". Nearly everything in our modern lives is unnatural, including the institution of marriage. Ironically one very natural thing is homosexuality. But I guess it's only natural if the bible says so...

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    Comment number 36.

    I've no problem with this, it is their right to do what they want with their bodies & if it brings them happiness, then they are living their lives correctly & not harming others.
    I do however have problems with the religious people who comment on such things, simply put, you believe in an invisible/make believe person or whatever, others get locked away in a white padded room for similar things.

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    Comment number 35.

    33.StaySceptic - What's wrong with someone trying to have their own children if they want to?

    I wish them all the best and hope it works for them.

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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 33.

    Ever heard of adoption?

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    Comment number 32.

    I want?

    Therefore I demand!?

    I have never had a baby conceived through normal circumstances???

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    Comment number 31.

    Frankly this is nuts. Medicine is headed for a Frankenstien monster in the near future. Yes the dead shall walk among us one again thanks to doctors seeking notariety and pushing ethical limits.

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    Comment number 30.

    Don't want my insurance to pay for this or any other fertility treatments. Tired of having to subsidize people like this, Bet they would not have it done if they had to pay for it themselves.

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    Comment number 29.

    So let me get this straight, a mother has transplanted her womb into her daughter, the womb that created her she is now using to produce more babies....that sounds very odd.
    I have no religious or moral objections to this, but it sounds iffy.
    Will using an older womb increase the chances of age related birth problems, Trisomy 21, miscarriage, placental abruption etc?

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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 27.

    Aren't we playing with the FACT OF NATURE TOO MUCH ??

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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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