First US Baby Born To a Woman Transplanted With a Womb Received From Deceased Donor

Medical technology has far surpassed our wildest expectations. Even though there are diseases which may be fighting back against the new cures, still in other parts of the medical world, there are advances that give us reason to smile again. In a first of its kind, the Cleveland Clinic has actually managed to successfully deliver a baby born to a woman who is a womb transplant donor from a deceased person and this is an amazing feat that gives hope to several women unable to conceive because of womb issues.

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1An earlier feat was unsuccessful

The Cleveland Clinic had tried the same feat earlier in 2016 but was unsuccessful. At the time, the donor had acquired a bacterial infection that went undiagnosed and so the womb had to be removed before pregnancy could have been possible. Since then there have been several women who have delivered babies after receiving womb transplants from living donors. But, this time, it was a deceased donor.

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2One in 500 women is infertile

Almost one in 500 women who are at the age of bearing children is being affected by infertility because of uterine factors. Uterine transplants are a boon for such women who are given a chance to give birth and more than a dozen till date have been recipients of the method in the US. These, however, are wombs donated by living donors who do not want children or can no longer have any.

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3The first time a baby girl was born from transplantation of uterus from deceased donor

This is the first time a little baby girl was born in June and she is unique because of the mother receiving her womb from a deceased donor. This mammoth feat opens up possibilities for many more women who have uterine issues to now have babies. The mother in question who received the womb is in her mid-thirties and was a volunteer in the research trial conducted by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in which 10 other women all in their twenties or thirties took part. The women were born without a uterus and were infertile.

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4Several possibilities and outcomes taken into account

The study had to take in account several possible outcome measure such as the number of successful live births after uterus transplant and IVF (Time Frame: 2 years after transplantation), full-term caesarian section births after IVF followed by uterus transplant, pregnancy complications after IVF transplant, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, premature rupture of membranes, preterm delivery, intrauterine fetal demise, rate of neonatal complications, birth defects, perinatal infections, low birth weight, neonatal death, neonatal intensive care unit admissions.

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