Breakthrough: First US Baby Ever From The Transplanted Womb Of A Dead Donor Makes Her Debut

Medicine has recorded some major feats through the centuries, and the world of many women and families have been blessed by many of these medical advances. Less than 5% of women worldwide have some type of “absolute uterine factor infertility,” in which an abnormality of the womb interferes with fetal development.

Five years after the first baby from a transplanted uterus from a deceased was born by a team of Brazilian doctors, a Cleveland Clinic announced on Tuesday it has delivered the first baby in North America after a womb transplant from a dead donor. Uterine transplants have enabled more than a dozen women to welcome their own children.

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The Brazilian team followed protocols established by Dr. Mats Brännström and his team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where the first successful uterus transplant from a living donor, was performed in 2013. That recipient mother gave birth in 2014.

The Cleveland hospital said Tuesday that the girl was born in June. The clinic has done five uterus transplants so far and three have been successful, with two women waiting to attempt pregnancy with new wombs. In all, the clinic aims to enroll 10 women in its study.

“It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion,”

said Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis.

local eWOIO-TV reports the procedure was part of a trial at Cleveland Clinic which hopes to provide women who suffer from uterine complications hope in having a baby.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Everything went wonderfully with the delivery; the mother and baby girl are doing great,”

said Uma Perni, M.D., Cleveland Clinic maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

“It’s important to remember this is still research. The field of uterus transplantation is rapidly evolving, and it’s exciting to see what the options may be for women in the future.”

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