A baby born at a Texas hospital is the first in the USA to be birthed from a mother who had received a uterus transplant, according to the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Similar clinical trials have worked in Sweden, but Texas' go at the medical procedure was the first successful try outside of Europe. Hospital spokesman Craig Civale confirmed Friday that the birth had taken place, but said no other details are available.
Photo shows a baby born to a woman who had received a transplanted uterus at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the United States. The hospital would give no further information on how many transplants have been performed since then.
Baylor officials said Monday that eight transplants have been performed and that one of those women now is pregnant as a result. Last month, her baby boy was delivered in the same hospital.
Although this is the very fist baby to be born in the United States using this method, eight other women have delivered babies via uterus transplants at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden. There have been at least 16 uterus transplants worldwide, including one in Cleveland from a deceased donor that had to be removed because of complications. Doctors hope that womb transplants will enable as many as several thousand women born without a uterus to bear children.
A woman gave birth in Dallas following a uterus transplant for the first time in the United States.
Wombs can come from both living and dead donors, and the transplants are not meant to be permanent. The ones done in Sweden were from live donors, mostly from the recipients' mother or a sister.
The women selected for the study had to be healthy with working ovaries. However, uterus transplants aren't actually created to be permanent organ donations. Before the transplant, the woman's eggs are obtained from her ovaries and fertilized in the lab with sperm via in-vitro fertilization. A baby resulting from a uterine transplant would be delivered by cesarean section.
A major development was recently made in the fields of fertility, obstetrics, and gynecology: the first baby born to a woman who had a uterus transplant in the U.S. was successfully delivered. After the first or second pregnancy, the donated uterus is to removed. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement Friday calling the Dallas birth "another important milestone in the history of reproductive medicine". While three have been unsuccessful and one woman is now pregnant, the remaining four women are in different stages of the transplant process, and doctors say the baby offers them hope.