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 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 1.

    Good luck to these ladies - it is very easy for those who have had children without help to say those who need help should accept being childless but your view is not overly relevant when you have no ability to empthise with these couples.....

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    Comment number 2.

    This is a medical miracle. I admire the doctors' compassion and expertise.
    Humanity is wonderful when it spends in this way, millions on technology to create life.
    Humanity also spends billions on technology for mass destruction and massacres.
    What makes some humans worthy of these medical benefits, yet condemns others to annihilation ?
    Are we not all born equal in rights ?

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    Comment number 18.

    @15 Joseph_F

    Hmmm No Muslim would say that. You either do not know 'your' religion very well or you are just trolling for a reaction.

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    Comment number 7.

    It's transplanting. Not creating.


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