Uterine

Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.

Medical journal ‘The Lancet’ has just published an article describing the very first live birth following uterine transplantation from a deceased donor, carried out in São Paulo, Brazil. The transplant recipient was born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, a congenital disorder which prevents development of the uterus.

The patient, who underwent IVF seven months post-transplant, gave birth in December 2017 to a healthy baby girl at 36 weeks of gestation. While uterine transplantation may offer an alternative to surrogacy for women born without a uterus, it is still regarded as an experimental procedure, and remains available only in highly specialized centres.

However, this study marks an important advance for the treatment of congenital uterine infertility.   To read further details please click on the links below:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31766-5/fulltext

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/06/live-birth-dead-donor-definition-motherhood-transplants-pregnancy